How Can I Give My Teeth a Spring Cleaning?

March 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_donnelly @ 8:36 pm
Teeth before and after cleaning

Spring is a great time for new beginnings, and many people commemorate the season by giving their homes or businesses a thorough cleaning. While reorganizing your closet and sweeping under the rugs and furniture are great ideas, taking some time to get your oral hygiene routine up to par can set you up for many years with a beautiful smile. Here’s how to give your teeth a thorough spring cleaning.

Invest in a New Toothbrush

Many people procrastinate about getting a new toothbrush, but this can allow food debris and bacteria to build up on their old utensil while its bristles become more and more worn down. The American Dental Association recommends switching to a new toothbrush every three or four months or when the bristles become frayed. You can even improve your oral hygiene routine by getting a toothbrush with features like:

Softer bristles

While you might think that you can get a more thorough cleaning from a brush with firm or medium bristles, they can leave scratches on your enamel or even cause gum recession. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep your smile safe.

Improved technology

If you’re looking for a superior clean, an electric toothbrush is probably the best choice for your smile. The way the head of an electric toothbrush vibrates or rotates eliminates more plaque and food debris, making it a great choice for people with mobility issues. Ask your dentist about which electric toothbrush is right for you.

Wash Your Toothbrush Holder

While it’s a great idea to invest in a new toothbrush a few times a year, many people forget that they need to keep their toothbrush holder clean as well. A toothbrush holder serves to keep your toothbrush in an upright position, preventing bacterial growth by allowing it to dry out more thoroughly. Show your holder some love by washing it out with warm, soapy water or running it through the dishwasher.

Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment

The American Dental Association recommends that everyone has a routine exam and cleaning at their dentist’s office at least twice a year. Having your dental professional inspect your teeth can allow them to catch and correct any problems in their early stages, preventing painful toothaches and the need for expensive restorative work later.

Don’t forget to take care of your smile this spring! By stepping up your oral hygiene regimen, you can keep your teeth in great shape for many years to come.

About the Author

Dr. J. Robert Donnelly earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and has attained status as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is proud to be a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. His office in San Marcos, TX offers general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry. To schedule an appointment, contact his office online or dial (512) 396-5225.

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