Spring is a good time to replenish old habits with new ones. Spring cleaning is a time to sweep out the old, refresh what’s left, and welcome the new. Spring cleaning lets in fresh air so we can bask in a lighter, vibrant energy after the shorter, heavier winter days. Spring is the perfect time change some habits, replacing the old with the new:
Replace Your Toothbrush: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your old toothbrush every 3-4 months, sooner if the bristles are frayed. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes to get the most from your brushing.
Floss Every Day: Plaque builds up under the gums just like on the surface of the teeth, and requires regular removal with daily flossing. Spring is a good time to make flossing part of your daily routine to prevent the ravages of periodontal disease as much as possible.
Drink Water: As warmer weather comes along, stay hydrated with plenty of water to maintain saliva production and avoid dry mouth.
Eat Healthy: If you have been indulging in some unhealthy eating habits brought on by the holidays, now is a good time to reinstate good habits. Eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals to ensure healthier teeth and gums.
Quit Smoking: Research has shown that not only do smokers lose more teeth than non-smokers, smoking can also cause oral cancer, so use your revitalizing spring energy to kick the smoking habit.
Use Sunblock: Cold sores are triggered by exposure to the sun so wear sunblock protection with a SPF15 or higher to stop an outbreak.
While spring is the perfect time for physical and mental renewal, your oral health can also benefit from a revitalizing dental cleaning. At your dental cleaning you can expect the following:
- We will sweep your teeth clear of unwanted dental “junk”, just as you sweep out old junk during your spring cleaning. We will scrub away the sticky film (plaque) clouding your teeth, along with tartar (hardened plaque), and any unwanted oral debris, leaving you with smoother, cleaner, and whiter teeth.
- To remove this plaque and tartar, we will scale and polish your teeth using special dental tools, to prevent gum disease.
- We will check for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and any other issues that can benefit from early intervention.
- If you need added protection in between dental cleanings, we can provide a fluoride treatment.
If it is time for your spring cleaning, give our team at Gulf Coast Smiles in Cape Coral, Florida a call at 239.549.0001 and let us help you brighten your smile again!