How to Give Your Smile a Spring Cleaning

March 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 1:45 am

Toothbrush and toothpaste on blue backgroundSpring is finally here! As you enjoy the warming temperatures and blooming flowers, you might be cleaning out your garage or organizing your closets. There isn’t any better time than now to give your smile a spring cleaning, too. Here’s how to give your mouth a thorough cleaning for healthy teeth and gums.

Change Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is your most used product to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It removes food residue and plaque to lower your risk of cavities and gum disease. Your toothbrush gets a lot of use, which leads to wear and tear. Worn bristles won’t clean your teeth effectively. 

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends changing your toothbrush every 2-3 months or when worn, whichever comes first. Swap out your old toothbrush with a new one. Look for one with soft bristles and the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance.

Brush After Every Meal

Your teeth are under constant attack by cavity-causing bacteria. 92% of adults will experience tooth decay. Besides limiting sugars and starches, improving your oral hygiene routine can keep cavities at bay. 

The ADA recommends brushing at least twice a day, but it’s best to brush after every meal to remove food residue. You’ll keep your enamel strong and healthy. You’ll also prevent bad breath by removing bacteria.

Floss Your Teeth Daily

Your toothbrush is effective, but it can’t reach everywhere in your mouth, like between teeth. Brushing alone leaves up to 40% of your teeth surfaces uncleaned, increasing your risk of gum disease. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 50% of adults have a form of the infection. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss and can increase your risk of many health problems, including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and diabetic complications. Daily flossing is the best way to keep your gums healthy. Even if it feels like a chore, floss every day to keep your mouth and body healthy.

Schedule a Cleaning and Checkup

Brushing and flossing are effective, but you should visit a dentist every 6 months to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Your dental team will remove plaque and tartar you can’t reach at home. They will clean and polish your teeth to ensure your smile looks its best. 

Your dentist will monitor your dental health to detect anything concerning while it is still small. Prompt treatment will prevent it from turning into a big problem that can interrupt your summer plans. 

As you sweep up dust bunnies and clean out the gutters, don’t forget to give your mouth some attention. 

About Dr. Brent Whittaker

Dr. Whittaker achieved his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has continued his training in oral sedation, root canals, and much more. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (740) 200-8891.

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