How to Give Your Teeth a Spring Cleaning

March 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — marketheights @ 8:34 am
A mother and daughter performing spring cleaning

You may not have noticed yet, but Spring has finally arrived. After all, what else can you call the warmer climate and vibrant plant life? You’ll thus want to start any spring cleaning you have in mind. Still, don’t forget to include your smile amidst all the other tidying. Let your Harker Heights dentist help ensure it stays fresh and vibrant. To that end, here’s a summary of four tips on spring cleaning for your teeth.

Update Your Toothbrush

You know that saying, “Out with the old, in with the new?” Among other things, it should apply to your toothbrush. The tool needs replacement every three to four months, as its bristles will fray otherwise.

When getting this new toothbrush, though, consider an upgrade. If your old one had firm bristles, opt for a model with softer bristles to avoid enamel loss. You could also switch out a manual brush for an electric type – the latter provides more thorough cleaning.

Wash Your Toothbrush Holder

Of course, a new toothbrush isn’t helpful if stored in an unclean place. Therefore, clean out your brush holder at the same time.

You see, a toothbrush container can have as many harmful bacteria as other bathroom surfaces. It’s thus crucial that you wash it regularly. To do so, rinse it with soapy water, wipe it with disinfectant, and run it through the dishwasher a few times. The result will be a holder that doesn’t dirty your toothbrush bristles more than necessary.

Toss Expired Products

You wouldn’t keep moldy, expired food in your fridge, right? In the same way, it’s best not to keep outdated dental goods. However they look, such products won’t help your oral health.

For example, throw out any mouthwash or toothpaste past their expiration dates. These things won’t clean your teeth as well as the non-expired versions. From there, purchase fresher brands that will leave your mouth pristine.

Set a “Spring Cleaning” Dental Visit

You can only cleanse your teeth so well on your own. As such, book a dental visit as part of your springtime efforts.

Remember, professional dentistry excels at preventive care. Dentists and their teams can eliminate plaque, remove tartar buildup, and detect oral issues early. They can also listen to your personal concerns and offer customized advice.

Ultimately, a spring cleaning for your teeth starts the season off right. Use the tips above, then, to greet it with a stellar smile!

About the Author

Dr. Angie Lim is a dentist based in Harker Heights, TX, having graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine. Her specialties are preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, as well as emergency dental procedures. She also has certifications in Invisalign and nitrous oxide sedation. You can thus trust her with all of your oral health needs. Dr. Lim currently practices at Market Heights Family Dental and is reachable on her website and by phone at (254)-699-3565.

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