The weather is warming up and flowers are blooming, which means spring is here! You might have your windows open to enjoy the fresh air while giving your home a deep cleaning; however, the kitchen cabinets and bedroom closets aren’t the only things you should have on your to-do list. Now is the perfect time to give your teeth a little extra attention. Here are 5 spring cleaning tips for your smile.
1. Change Your Toothbrush
If it has been a while since you’ve changed your toothbrush, it’s time to switch to a new one. The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or when worn, whichever comes first.
It’s important to change your toothbrush regularly because it becomes less effective when the bristles are worn.
2. Revamp Your Brushing Routine
Your toothbrush is your first line of defense against preventable oral health issues, like cavities and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily for at least 2 minutes.
Strive to brush your teeth in the morning and at night, if not after every meal.
3. Commit to Daily Flossing
Your toothbrush can’t reach everywhere in your mouth, like between your teeth. Dental professionals recommend flossing your teeth daily to remove plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gum disease. Although gum disease is preventable, 50% of Americans have a variant of the infection.
Flossing is the best way to keep your gums healthy. With your gum health closely connected to your general wellness, you’ll invest in a healthy mouth and body.
4. Add a Daily Mouthwash
Even with the best brushing and flossing techniques, odor-causing bacteria can still linger in your mouth.
Add an antimicrobial mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine to kill any bacteria left behind by your toothbrush and floss.
5. Schedule a Cleaning and Checkup
Besides caring for your teeth and gums at home, the American Dental Association suggests a cleaning and checkup at least twice a year. Visiting your dentist every 6 months allows them to remove plaque or tartar buildup. They will also monitor your oral health to detect anything concerning while it’s still small, like tooth decay or gum inflammation. Your dentist will provide the quick treatment you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.
Although you have several tasks around your home to keep you busy, put your oral health at the top of your priority list. You depend on your teeth to maintain a nutritious diet, speak clearly, and smile confidently. Give them the attention they deserve to head into summer with a healthy, beautiful smile.
About Dr. Rodger Song
Dr. Song earned his dental degree at the Baylor College of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in advanced services, like cosmetic dentistry, restorative care, and oral surgery. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If you need a cleaning and checkup, request an appointment through our website or call (972) 945-7587.