With spring in the air again, we feel like hitting the reset button after the long nights and short days of winter. Many of us have the urge to rejuvenate with a thorough spring cleaning, and why not spring clean our oral habits for a brighter, healthier smile?
The Center for Disease Control found that nearly 65 million Americans have gum disease. Protect your gums this spring by flossing diligently at least once a day to prevent plaque and tartar buildup (that hard mineral deposit leading to swollen and inflamed gums, and the earliest stage of gum disease (gingivitis). While flossing anytime helps, nighttime flossing removes harmful bacteria that damage your teeth and gums while you sleep. Your mouth produces less saliva when you are asleep–which would naturally clean teeth and gums during the daytime—and this is why you wake up with morning breath. Recommit to a regular flossing routine, and at the very least, before bedtime.
Spring is a great time to replace your old toothbrush, and maybe even switching to an electric version! Electric toothbrushes generate more than 30,000 strokes each minute while cleaning your teeth, while a manual toothbrush averages 100 strokes each minute. Not only that, but electric toothbrushes push fluid between the teeth and around the gum line, making them more effective at removing surface plaque. No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, you want to prevent gum inflammation, gingivitis and periodontal disease along with tooth decay, and that means replacing worn bristles. So invest in a new toothbrush of any kind and gently scrub those pearly whites and gums!
Spring is also the perfect time to have your teeth and gums professionally cleaned to remove plaque and tartar by scaling and polishing. A checkup and exam should be done every six months, to remove hardened plaque which is nearly impossible with just brushing and flossing alone. Tartar removal requires special dental tools. Dental exams also entail checking for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and any other dental health issues which benefit from early treatment. Our team will thoroughly clear your teeth of unwanted dental junk, just like you do when you are spring cleaning your home! A professional dental exam will both diagnose, prevent, and treat oral health issues.
If you are ready for your oral health spring cleaning, give our Houston smiledocs team in Houston, Texas a call at 713.784.6855 and let us help you freshen your smile!