The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer and the plants are finally beginning to bloom. In other words, Spring is here at last! After a long winter, many Alpharetta residents are getting ready to begin their spring cleaning routines. Spring cleaning is a great way to start fresh and ease into the warmer months on a positive note.
In the aftermath of the holiday season, it’s especially important to include oral health in your spring cleaning routine. Here at Dental Smiles at John’s Creek, we’re certainly taking some time to refresh and revamp our routines and we invite you to join.
Here are our dental spring cleaning tips to help you smile brighter this year:
Dental Spring Cleaning Tips
This year, try to prioritize your dental health. Take a little extra time out of each day to pay more attention to your teeth in order to stay healthy and out of the dentist’s chair.
Ditch The Junk Food
Cookies, candies and soda may be tasty and okay to indulge on every now and then, but try to opt for healthier options. Sugary foods can wreak havoc on your teeth, as the bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugars. The bacteria releases acids after digesting sugar, and these acids erode at the enamel.
Delicious, healthier options include:
Apples: Think of apples like a natural toothbrush. When you chew, their rich and fleshy fibers help scrub your teeth, gums and tongue. The skin of the apple is high in fiber, can scrub against your teeth, remove stains and fight plaque.
Apples are also great for getting rid of bad breath. The natural fiber helps remove the traces of plaque and residue that nest on the back of your tongue. The acidity of the apple helps kill any bacteria that may cause bad breath as well.
Strawberries: Strawberries contain malic acid, which is a natural enamel whitener. You can even create your own tooth whitening solution at home using strawberries. To make your pearly-whites sparkle this spring, crush one strawberry in a bowl with ½ teaspoon of baking soda and mix well. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and coat your teeth with it. Let the mixture sit on your teeth for 5 minutes, and then brush your teeth with regular toothpaste.
Cheese: Eating cheese is a natural way to protect against enamel erosion. It can neutralize acids, stimulate the production of saliva and provide your body with tooth-strengthening proteins and vitamins.
Additionally, cheese can reduce the accumulation of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Some tasty cheeses that can help protect your smile include Swiss, mozzarella and strong cheddar. Eating these cheeses after snacking can be particularly beneficial, as the cheese can counteract sugars and stimulate saliva production to wash away the bacteria.
Buy A Toothpaste With Baking Soda In It
Baking soda toothpaste offers many health benefits. Patients enjoy whitening and stain removal, neutralization of acids, removal of plaque and more thorough cleaning with baking soda toothpaste. A lot of people experience pain when undergoing other whitening options, so baking soda is a good, less abrasive alternative.
Brush Twice, Floss Once
The Dental Smiles at John’s Creek team cannot stress the importance of this rule enough. The very best way to maintain good oral hygiene is by brushing for two minutes twice per day and flossing once. It’s impossible for your toothbrush bristles to get into every crevice of your teeth, so it’s imperative to floss in order to remove every bit of plaque and bacteria.
Toss Your Old Toothbrush
What better time than spring cleaning to replace that toothbrush that has been on the dingy side? Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months and certainly after you’ve been sick. If your toothbrush bristles are looking frayed before those 3 months are up, replace it anyway. Frayed or worn bristles are not nearly as effective as tight and uniform ones.
Consider switching from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush. While manual brushes can be just as effective, electric toothbrushes take a lot of human error out of brushing. An electric toothbrush not only ensures that you brush for two minutes but it takes the guesswork out of brushing as well.
Get An Oral Cancer Screening
Did you know that nearly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year? When cancer is detected and treated early, survival and remission rates are much higher.
During your visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth or throat cancer. Patients should get oral cancer screenings with every checkup to make sure that symptoms are detected early and treatment can begin promptly.
Schedule A Professional Cleaning
No matter how well you brush and floss at home, there are just some places that you can’t reach with normal brushing and flossing.
When plaque remains on the teeth, it can harden into calculus. Calculus is impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone, so you need to see your dental hygienist to have it properly cleaned away. This Spring, make an appointment to have your teeth professionally cleaned in order to keep them healthy and bright.
Start Today At Dental Smiles At John’s Creek
Each year around this time, we like to get organized and make some positive changes. We encourage you to do the same by taking control of your dental health. If you’re ready to jumpstart your spring cleaning routine, make an appointment with our office!