5 Tips for Your Smile’s Spring Cleaning

March 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dpmgeneralteam @ 9:33 pm
Woman smiling during spring

Springtime has commenced, so now is a great time to start throwing out all that clutter that has accumulated over the past 12 months. As you are tidying up your home, you may as well freshen up your smile while you’re at it. After all, the weather is getting warmer, and you don’t want to be spending your summer months dealing with a dental emergency. Here are some spring cleaning tips for your smile.

Get a New Toothbrush

Has it been more than three months since you purchased your current toothbrush? That means it is time for you to pick up a new one. If you prefer using an electric toothbrush, you should replace the head about every 12 weeks or when the bristles are starting to look like they’ve seen better days. The bristles become worn and frayed over time, so they won’t be nearly as effective at keeping your smile clean. More food debris gets left on your teeth. Now is a great time to head to your local drug store to pick out a fresh one.

Check If Your Mouthwash Expired

You’ve already looked in your fridge to see which condiments had passed their prime, but did you check your bathroom cupboard? If you’re like many of us, your giant bottle of mouthwash has been sitting there for quite a while, so it doesn’t hurt to check the expiration date. Take a look at the back of the bottle. If it’s expired, throw it out and get a new one.

Clean Your Case

If you have a retainer, clear aligners, or a nightguard, you are constantly taking the time to rinse, brush, and soak it. However, when was the last time you cleaned your case? It’s a good idea to clean it from time to time as well. Soak it and give it a good scrub. This way, you can wash away all the dried food debris, saliva, and bacteria.

Attend Your Regular Cleanings

You should see your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups. If it’s been more than six-months since your last visit, give your dentist a call to schedule your next appointment. This way, your hygienist will be able to remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places, and your dentist will ensure that your smile is in good shape.

Get Your Dentures Cleaned

If you wear dentures, you are definitely familiar with the cleaning and soaking process. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth left, it’s still a good idea for you to see your dentist every six months. In addition to checking your mouth for issues like gum disease and oral cancer, they will also give your dentures a more thorough cleaning. If you are having any issues with your dentures, now is a great time to bring those up.

Just like for your living space, spring cleaning is a great time to work on freshening up your smile. By using the tips listed above, you can start the season out right!

About the Practice

At D’Andrea and Pantera, DMD, PC, we have a team of four skilled dentists eager to provide personalized care to patients in the Hamden area. With their combined expertise, patients can get pretty much anything they need under one roof. For more information or to schedule your spring cleaning checkup, visit their website or call (203) 288-0951.

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