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How Your Toothbrush Can Factor into Spring Cleaning

Posted on 4/23/2017 by Dr. Justin Lai
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With spring approaching, many people are beginning to put together their spring cleaning lists. These lists usually include cleaning the areas of the home that are often ignored (such as behind the refrigerator) and going through their closets, attics and basements to clear out old clothes and other items. There's one more thing you should add to your spring cleaning list, and it involves your toothbrush.

Make a Dental Appointment

It is recommended that you see your dentist at least twice a year. If you haven't been in a while, now is the time to schedule that appointment. Your dentist will be able to clear your mouth of accumulated junk (such as plaque and tartar build-up), giving way to a brighter, whiter smile. Your dentist will also give your mouth a thorough examination.

During the exam, your mouth will be looked over for any damage that might be in need of some sprucing up, such as chips, cracks or other imperfections. The discovery of these issues will allow you to have them fixed, which can then help to prevent serious complications later on, such as infections, that would otherwise make the months to come unbearable.

Change Out Your Toothbrush

The ADA suggests changing out your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. At that point, your toothbrush loses its effectiveness at properly cleaning your teeth. The unfortunate truth is that most people hang on to their toothbrush much longer than the recommended amount of time.

If you're not sure when the last time you changed out your toothbrush was, why not do it now? You may even want to consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush, which not only scrubs your teeth, but vibrates as well, helping to loosen stuck on junk you want to get rid of. Whether you stick with manual, or upgrade to electric, make sure that you brush at least twice a day.

Don't Forget About Flossing

Along with brushing, you should be flossing. Haven't flossed in a while? That's ok. Now's a perfect time to start. Flossing gets rid of food particles and bacteria in the hard to reach spaces between your teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. Doing so once a day in conjunction with twice daily brushing and regular visits to the dentist will help to ensure optimal oral health.

With spring cleaning high on the list of priorities, there's no better time than to get to work improving your oral health. Contact our office for more information.

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From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.

Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.

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