Spring is officially here! This means that many people are launching into spring cleaning for a fresh start. Your home isn’t the only thing in your life that can benefit from a deep spring cleaning, though.
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Schedule Your Dental Visits
Regular visits to the dentist are a must for the ongoing health of your mouth. This is true whether or not you are showing symptoms of a problem such as gum disease or tooth decay. During a visit, your dentist will clean your teeth, check your mouth for signs of dental issues and discuss what you can do to take care of your teeth and gums at home.
If you don’t have a history of gum disease or other dental issues, it’s usually recommended that you see a dentist for a check-up and cleaning twice a year. If you haven’t scheduled your annual cleanings yet, put it on your spring cleaning to-do list.
Restock Your Dental Supplies
Cleaning out the bathroom and the medicine cabinet is usually at the top of the to-do list when it comes to spring cleaning. While you organize your cabinets and bathroom, it’s worth taking time to evaluate your oral hygiene and dental supplies.
Check to make sure you have an adequate supply of floss and toothpaste on hand. If not, add them to your shopping list. It’s also a good idea to check the expiration dates on your teeth cleaning products.
Mouthwash and toothpaste can both expire. Having and using oral care products that are past their expiration dates most likely won’t hurt you or make you sick. But it’s likely that the toothpaste or mouthwash won’t be able to do their jobs as effectively, as their active ingredients can break down over time.
It’s also a good idea to check your toothbrush for wear, too. Ideally, you’ll replace it every three months or when it starts to wear down, whichever happens sooner.
Toss out anything that’s past its prime and head out to the store to stock up.
Check In On Your Oral Care Routine
Have you ever thought about how you take care of your teeth and gums, or about the techniques you use when brushing your teeth or flossing? There is a right (and wrong) way to brush your teeth. This spring, it can be worthwhile to check in and make sure you’re brushing correctly.
Incorrect brushing techniques, such as using too much force, can eventually lead to problems with your gums or enamel of your teeth. Not brushing for long enough or missing areas of your mouth can increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities.
If you’re not sure if your brushing and flossing techniques are on point or not, your dentist can give you pointers and show you the proper way to take care of your gums and teeth.
Consider Treatments to Improve the Health of Your Mouth
Spring is also the perfect time to think about scheduling any dental procedures or treatments that can help improve the health of your mouth, but that you might have been putting off. For example, if your dentist has recommended having your wisdom teeth extracted, you might consider scheduling the surgery this spring.
If you schedule the extraction in the spring, your mouth will most likely be fully healed by the summer and you’ll be able to enjoy the season’s fun activities without worrying about your mouth.
Ready to spring clean your mouth? Dr. John Paul Gallardo is a periodontal specialist in the Miami area who also provides dental cleanings, exams, and dental implants. To learn more about his practice in Miami, FL, call 305-547-8687 to schedule a consultation today.