It’s nearly springtime again, and for many people that means doing a little cleaning around the house. Of the many tasks on your to-do list, you should definitely take the time to organize the bathroom counter. In particular, there are a few things that you can do while cleaning that, in the long run, will make it much easier to take care of your smile. Here are 4 tooth-friendly spring tips from your dentist in Marietta.
- 1. Throw Out Old or Worn Toothbrushes
- How long have you had your current toothbrush? In general, you should replace your toothbrush every three months. The longer you use it, the more worn down the bristles become. As a result, it loses its ability to reach the small nooks and crannies in your mouth. Also, bacteria and other infectious agents are more likely to accumulate on the toothbrush’s head over time. If it has been a while since you’ve switched out your toothbrush, now is a good time. You should also take note of how many backup toothbrushes you still have so that you can go pick up some more if you need to!
- 2. Check Your Mouthwash
- Adding mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine can dramatically lower your risk of gum disease and other infections, but at some point, it can go bad. Check your current bottle of mouthwash (as well as the ones you have in storage) to see if the expiration date has passed. If it has, it won’t be very effective in cleaning your mouth – not to mention you’ll suddenly notice that it has a bad taste! Make sure to put “mouthwash” on your grocery list if your current bottle has exceeded its shelf life.
- 3. Make Sure You Have Plenty of Dental Floss
- Have you thought about how much dental floss you use? For each individual session, it’s recommended that you use a string that’s about 18 inches long; assuming you floss at least once every day, that equals about 45 feet a month. Needless to say, if you’re not careful, you could very easily burn through your dental floss supply before you even realize it. Check how much floss is remaining and take the time to stock up if you’re running low.
- 4. Talk to Your Dentist
- Wondering if you should add a new tool to your dental hygiene routine? Or has it simply been a while since your last checkup? Whatever the case, now is a good time to call your dentist and schedule an appointment. Spring is an especially good time for a visit since there’s less of a risk that the appointment will conflict with any vacation plans.
If you want to enjoy a refreshing spring with a dazzling smile, keep the above tips in mind, and don’t forget to brush and floss at least two times every day. Being proactive is the key to a healthy grin!
Posted on behalf of Envision Dental