Freshen Your Dental Arsenal – It’s Spring!

What a winter! Thank goodness spring is here. The daffodils and crocuses are peeking up through the melting snow. It’s time to freshen things up – including your teeth and your dental “arsenal.”

  • Check it out and throw it out…your toothbrush, that is. If the flu got to you, you need to replace your toothbrush. Toothbrushes harbor germs, it’s true, they do. Their bristles also wear out and they aren’t as good at cleaning your teeth as they were when they were new. It is a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three months…and every time you get sick. Invest in a quality, soft-bristled brush that isn’t harsh on your tender gum tissue.
  • Just do it. Daily flossing is neglected by many people but dedicated flossers swear by it. It’s impossible to get at the tiny bits of debris between your teeth by brushing alone. Floss comes in different thicknesses and widths, and it even comes flavored. There is a floss for every type of teeth. There isn’t a substitute for flossing. Make it a habit and notice fresher breath and cleaner teeth.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste. Go ahead, squeeze the last tiny bit of toothpaste out of that tube and get a fresh, new tube of cavity-fighting, fluoride toothpaste. It’s a fact – cavities form in your mouth because of the plaque and germs left behind by food. But cavities stand less of a chance of forming if you brush twice a day with a quality fluoride toothpaste.
  • Scrape your tongue. The sticky feeling in your mouth when you wake comes in large part from your tongue – it’s been hanging-out and collecting germs while you sleep. So, get a tongue scraper, and first thing in the morning, scrape your tongue and then rinse your mouth with warm water. Try it. You’ll be amazed.

When was the last time you scheduled a “spring cleaning” for your teeth? If it’s been way too long, call to schedule an appointment, today: (561) 627-9000.

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