Spring Clean Your Dental “Tool Chest”

  • Posted on: Mar 15 2016
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Winter is almost over and it’s time for spring cleaning…your house, your car, your closet…and your dental “tool chest.” An artist or musician is only as good as his or her tools and good dental hygiene is no different. Your tools matter.

Change up your toothbrush…especially if you had a cold or flu last season. Your toothbrush harbors germs. Period. It’s bristles also wear out and 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 more often if you get sick. Invest in a quality, soft brush that isn’t harsh on your tender gum tissue.

Squeeze the last little bit of toothpaste out of that tube and then get a fresh, new tube of cavity-fighting, fluoride toothpaste. It’s a fact that cavities can easily form in your mouth because of the germs and plaque left behind by food. But cavities stand less of a chance of forming if you brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste.

flossFloss, floss, floss! Flossing is sadly neglected by many but dedicated flossers swear by it. You can’t get at the tiny bits of debris between your teeth by brushing alone. Dental floss comes in different widths and thicknesses…it even comes flavored. There is a floss for every type of teeth. There just isn’t a substitute for flossing. Make it a habit and notice fresher breath and cleaner teeth.

Alcohol doesn’t belong in mouthwash…but many have it as an ingredient. The truth is, harmful bacteria love alcohol…it’s a form of sugar. So, if you decide to use mouthwash, look for one that doesn’t contain alcohol.

Add a new tool – try a tongue scraper! That gunky 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. First thing in the morning, scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper and rinse your mouth with warm water. Try it. You’ll be amazed.

And speaking of cleaning, when was the last time you scheduled a “spring cleaning” for your teeth? If it’s been a while, call to schedule an appointment, today: (304) 845-2480.

 

 

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