Spring Cleaning…Your Teeth

With spring in the air, you might be doing a little spring cleaning. Cleaning closets. Cleaning cupboards. Cleaning pantries. Have you considered spring cleaning your teeth? Yes, your teeth! Spring is the perfect time to do all you can to keep your teeth clean as well. Take the time to ask yourself these questions and help your mouth to be healthy and clean, too.

When was the last time you changed your toothbrush?

Take a look at your toothbrush. Are the bristles worn? The American Dental Association recommends you change your brush every 3-4 months or even sooner if your bristles are worn and frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t clean as well, and you could be leaving food particles behind.

Have you been sick recently? If so, you may want to change your toothbrush. Many dentists recommend changing your brush after being sick so that those bacteria don’t linger. 

How often are you flossing?

Flossing is an important part of good dental care, yet it is often neglected. You want to make sure you are flossing once per day in order to remove food particles that may be stuck between your teeth or below the gumline. If you need a refresher on how to properly floss, click here to watch a video.

Do you brush twice per day?

According to a recent survey:

  • 49% of men brush their teeth only once per day
  • 57% of women brush their teeth only once a day

And, that most Americans only brush for 30 seconds.

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice per day (once in the morning and once before bed) and that you brush for 2 minutes. Take a look at your brushing habits and see if there is room for improvement.

When was your last dental checkup?

Do you know when your last dental checkup was? Do you have one scheduled? Most dentists recommend checkups every 6 months, but if you are prone to plaque buildup, have health issues that compromise your oral health, or have concerns about your mouth, you may need more frequent visits. Be sure to discuss with your dentist how often you should have checkups and make sure you have appointments on your calendar.

While you’re taking some time to do some spring cleaning around your house, take a moment to check in on your teeth. Making sure you are brushing, flossing and seeing a dentist for regular checkups can go a long way in keeping your mouth healthy.