Spring Clean Your Teeth
Spring has sprung. Days are warmer and longer. Flowers are blooming and releasing their sweet fragrance. People are cleaning out cluttered homes and overstocked garages. And Montee and Montee Dental wants you to know that spring cleaning isn’t just for closets and cabinets, it’s for your mouth, too. Here are six ways to spruce up your smile in time for summer.
Purchase an electric toothbrush. Studies reveal that electric toothbrushes reduce gingivitis better and remove more plaque than manual ones. There is a wide range of electric toothbrushes, so you can find one that fits your budget. Though you can buy one with a built-in timer that helps you brush for the full recommended two minutes, or one that monitors how hard you’re brushing, you can also find a basic and effective one for an extremely reasonable price.
Replace your toothbrush as needed. Even if you want to hold onto your manual toothbrush, make sure you are replacing it regularly. Many people keep their brush much longer than recommended. The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if using an electric one) every three to four months. If the bristles are frayed, you will need to replace your brush sooner.
Brush your entire mouth. Many people only think about brushing the front and back of their teeth. But bacteria can reach and stay anywhere in your mouth, so the bottoms of your upper teeth and tops of your lower teeth need a thorough brushing, too. Also make sure to gently brush the roof of your mouth, as well as your tongue and the insides of your cheeks.
Use a tongue scraper. These handy, inexpensive tools remove more bacteria than a toothbrush and are quick and easy to use. Gently scrape your tongue from back to front with the rounded edge. A few strokes are all you need for a clean and healthy tongue.
Floss daily. You simply cannot deep-clean your teeth without flossing. Plaque builds up between teeth and under gums and the only way to remove it is by flossing.
Visit your dentist for a spring cleaning. Preventive exams and cleanings are essential for good oral health, and springtime is the perfect time to come in to Montee and Montee Dental for a checkup. We will assess your teeth and mouth for the beginnings of cavities, disease, oral cancer and other oral issues. As with home spring cleanings, we’ll deep clean your teeth and scrub away plaque. We can even whiten your teeth so you begin your summer with a sparkling white smile!
Your teeth are our passion. Celebrate spring and call us to make an appointment today at 615-656-0248.