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5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Smile

March 31, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — beverlyrosedmdteam @ 12:29 am
person spring cleaning their smile by flossing their teeth

Spring is here! This signals a time of change for many. This is why it’s a popular time to do some cleaning and make improvements to your home. As you declutter your house and get ready for warmer weather, Spring is also a great time to give your teeth a little spring cleaning. Read on to learn about five ways that you can show your smile a little extra TLC.

#1: Floss Your Teeth

Flossing between your pearly whites is just as important as brushing. It removes plaque and food particles you can’t reach with your toothbrush. It’s especially important to floss before bed to remove plaque that has built up during the day to lower your risk of developing oral health problems, like gum disease and tooth decay.

#2: Upgrade Your Toothbrush

Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles fray or appear to be worn down sooner than that, this may mean that you’re brushing your teeth too hard. Additionally, replace your toothbrush after you recover from an illness to prevent reinfection. If you have a traditional toothbrush, consider switching to an electric one. This will improve plaque removal.

#3: Clean Your Toothbrush Holder

Toothbrush holders are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Regularly clean yours with soap and water or soak it in a solution of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. You can also use a dishwasher, a disinfectant spray, or soak it for 30 minutes in a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water. Rinse the holder thoroughly after cleaning.

#4: Schedule a Professional Teeth Cleaning

Dental check-ups every six months are essential for preventive smile maintenance. Your dentist or hygienist will thoroughly clean your smile to remove tartar and plaque buildup. You will also receive an oral examination to check for any early signs of cavities, gum disease, or other oral health issues. Taking good care of your teeth and gums will help you maintain a healthy smile and avoid costly dental problems in the future.

#5: Cut Out Bad Habits

If you smoke cigarettes, chew tobacco, consume a lot of sweet or high-carb foods or drinks, or drink alcohol excessively, your oral health is at risk. These habits can increase your chances of several issues, such as cavities, gum disease, dry mouth, and even oral cancer. It’s important to stop as soon as possible to save your smile.

If you are struggling to quit smoking or drinking excessively, reach out to your dentist, doctor, or mental health professional for resources. Additionally, ask for support from friends and family.

About the Practice

Dr. Beverly Rose, a caring and experienced dentist, leads the team at Exceptional Dentistry. She delivers a variety of dental services, such as checkups and cleanings, to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Dr. Rose is devoted to helping patients achieve their smile goals for the beams of their dreams. To book an appointment with Dr. Rose or to learn more about the services she offers, contact Exceptional Dentistry at (321) 265-3286 or visit their website.

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