Spring cleaning applies to many things: your household, your wardrobe, your finances, even your diet. But what about your teeth? Surely your smile deserves some spring cleaning as well. If you want to be looking and feeling your best, don’t neglect that grin. Your smile radiates your confidence, hygiene and attitude to the world. Sprucing up your smile is the finishing touch to a complete spring self-renovation.
Here are some tips for refreshing your smile while you’re clearing out the cobwebs in other areas of your life. They’re simple and easy to remember but will make a major difference in the state of your oral health.
Replace your Toothbrush
Has your toothbrush seen better days? Are its bristles sporting a permanent case of bedhead? It’s time to change it up. Old toothbrushes can harbour bacteria, defeating the purpose of brushing in the first place. A new toothbrush with gentle, soft bristles will give you an effective clean without damaging your enamel. If you use an electric toothbrush, replace the head — you should be replacing it every two to three months anyway.
Stock Up On Mouthwash
A complete oral hygiene routine includes brushing, flossing and mouthwash. Mouthwash refreshes your whole mouth and gets rid of excess bacteria that can lead to bad breath and cavities. Make sure you have an ample supply of mouthwash in your favourite flavour so that you’re more likely to use it each and every time you brush.
Clean your Tongue
Your tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body and does a lot of work in your day to day life. Because it plays such a large part in eating and drinking, food buildup can occur and cause tongue discolouration and malodorous breath. Definitely not what you want for a refreshed mouth!
Purchase a special tongue scraper for removing the film on your tongue. It’s more effective than using just your toothbrush and easier to use. Cleaning off your tongue will make a huge difference to the overall feel and scent of your mouth.
Take a Look at your Diet
Diet has a huge impact on the condition of our mouths. Unfortunately, some of the tastiest foods happen to be the worst for our smiles. We’re looking at you, coffee, red wine and chocolate.
In addition to the aforementioned culprits, some bad foods for your mouth are black tea, soda, fruit juices, gravy, balsamic vinegar, dark berries and tomato sauce. A good rule of thumb is if it’ll stain your shirt, it’ll stain your teeth. Of course, it’s impossible to avoid all these foods all the time, and we wouldn’t recommend you give up the amazing health benefits of foods such as berries just to have teeth a shade whiter. Just be mindful that eating too much of these foods will leave their mark on your teeth. Limit these foods, and immediately brush your teeth after eating them.
Smoking is all-around awful for your health, so spring cleaning your smile is a great reason to cut this habit. Smoking yellows your teeth, causes gum disease and creates horrible breath. You can’t truly refresh your smile if you’re still smoking, so try your best to quit or at least cut back.
Quitting smoking helps repair your heart and blood vessels, reduces your risk of lung cancer, will improve the condition of your skin and add years to your life expectancy. Even your sense of taste will improve, as smoking dulls and alters the taste buds. You’ll be amazed at the difference in your health, your oral hygiene and your quality of life by eliminating this detrimental habit.
Book a Check-up
Do you know the best thing you can do for an oral spring cleaning? Book an appointment with your dentist. By booking a dental appointment, trained professionals can take a thorough look at the state of your mouth, informing you of any issues that may have popped up over the winter. They’ll clean and polish your teeth with professional-grade equipment, revealing your freshest and healthiest smile. A short visit to the dentist can do wonders to improve your dental health, yielding better results than what you can achieve at home.
Finishing your spring cleaning is a great feeling; the cobwebs of winter are swept away, allowing you to take on the spring and summer seasons with a fresh perspective and lightened burden. Likewise, a comprehensive cleaning is essential for a truly refreshed smile. Nothing is better than a healthy and gleaming mouth, one that’s taken care of with a multi-faceted, professional approach.
Dawson Dental offers trusted dental professionals across the GTA and Ontario. We have several clinics within the city of Toronto, making it easy to find service wherever you’re located. We are passionate about patient care, education and maintaining relationships that support dental health for a lifetime.
To book your next appointment call Dawson Dental at 1-877-542-2043 or contact us here.