Spring is an exciting time of year. As we welcome warmer weather and start our spring cleaning remember to include caring for your teeth. Here are a few tips for spring cleaning for healthy teeth and gums.

Toss old toothbrushes

We recommend changing your toothbrush about every three months. If you have been sick change your toothbrush immediately, especially if the toothbrush is stored close to other toothbrushes. Bacteria can become trapped in your toothbrush, and reintroduce illness to your body. Get into the habit of buying new toothbrushes for everyone in the family several times per year.

Remember to brush twice a day

We brush, floss, and rinse repeatedly every day to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth, prevent disease development, avoid halitosis, remove stains, and food particles from our teeth. During Easter, it is challenging not to indulge in sweet treats that are high in sugar. Brushing your teeth twice daily will help avoid cavities.

Comprehensive oral exams

A complete oral evaluation is much more than a cleaning. American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you have a comprehensive oral exam every three years. It’s always best to catch problems early. We recommend periodic comprehensive exams for all our patients.

Schedule your cleanings

Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of your healthcare routine. Preventative maintenance helps keep your teeth strong and healthy. The first day of spring should signal that it’s time for your cleaning. You’ll walk out of our office with fresh breath and a clean smile!

Hydrate with water

It’s important to stay hydrated as the weather gets warmer. It’s tempting to have iced coffees, teas and other flavored drinks, but these can leave damaging sugars and acid on our teeth. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day and avoid sugary drinks.

At Oldsmar Dentistry, our goal is to provide exceptional dental care and the personal touch that leads to lasting relationships. Contact us today for an appointment at 813-855-4269. We look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright.