Now that winter is over and the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s the perfect time to start cleaning out all of the clutter that’s accumulated over the past few months. While you may be in the habit of doing this every year, have you ever thought about how you are going to freshen up your smile for spring cleaning? Continue reading to learn some steps that you can take to tidy your smile and maintain excellent oral health.
Get a New Toothbrush
If it’s been a little while since you got your current toothbrush, it’s likely time that you should be switching it out for a brand new one. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, 12 weeks should be the cutoff date for when you replace the head of the toothbrush. The bristles become worn and frayed over time and don’t do as good of a job cleaning your teeth. More food debris and plaque get left behind.
Look at the Expiration Date of Your Mouthwash
You are always checking the expiration date for your milk, eggs, and mayonnaise, but you probably don’t think to check the date of your mouthwash. When you use mouthwash, you should ensure that it hasn’t been collecting dust for too long. If yours has expired, toss it out and purchase a new one.
Clean Your Retainer, Clear Aligners, and Nightguard
If you have a retainer, aligners, or a nightguard that you wear, you probably already take time to clean it when you remove them, but you should also give them a deep cleaning now and again. This is also a great time for you to soak your cases and give them a good scrub to keep them fresh. Say goodbye to all of that debris and bacteria.
Clean Your Dentures
Dentures are a lifechanging tooth replacement option for people who are missing most of or all of their teeth. If you wear dentures, you are familiar with the cleaning process that you must go through on a regular basis. However, you should also take them to a dentist for a professional cleaning every so often. This way, your dentist will be able to check them for wearing and damage as well. If you are struggling with your dentures, now is a great time to mention this.
Have Your Teeth Cleaned
You should be seeing your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup. During this time, your hygienist removes plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places, and your dentist makes sure that you don’t have any existing oral health issues. When you have your teeth cleaned regularly, you can prevent dental problems later on.
Just like your house, spring cleaning is a great time to tidy up your smile. By using the tips listed about, you will see the difference!
About the Author
Dr. Steve Margolian is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over three decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Toronto dental school. While he enjoys all aspects of dentistry, he takes a special interest in the use of dental implant placement, crown and bridges, and full mouth reconstruction. For more ways to keep your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment at his office in East York, visit his website or call 416-551-5224.