A good spring cleaning does your home good; the fresh, clean spaces after those dreary winter months can do wonders for improving your outlook on life. So why can’t we extend the idea of spring cleaning to every area of our lives — including our oral health? At The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, we’ve rounded up our tips for giving your oral care routine a spring cleaning. There’s a lot you can do to freshen up your teeth and gums and give yourself a reason to smile this spring.
Spring is a great time to check in with your Skokie, IL dentist to make sure your teeth are strong and healthy before the summer months bring vacations, travel and outdoor adventures. If it’s been more than six months since your last cleaning and exam with Dr. Abraham Stein or Dr. Zachary Weiss, schedule your next appointment by calling our practice at 847-676-3500.
Toss that Brush
We’ll take a wild guess and say that’s it’s probably been a while since you last replaced your manual toothbrush. We recommend replacing toothbrushes with every season, or every three months, to ensure your brush stays firm and strong to effectively remove as much plaque as possible. Frayed, bent or damaged bristles can mean gum irritation and less cleaning power—two things you shouldn’t be letting slide in your daily brushing routine.
If you’re looking to really get a fresh start, consider investing in an electric toothbrush that can make effective cleaning easier than ever. If you do decide to spend a little extra, make sure to review this list of powered toothbrushes approved by the American Dental Association.
Choose Fluoridated Toothpaste
Check your toothpaste ingredients: is fluoride listed? More and more natural toothpastes are hitting the market, many of which lack the key ingredient fluoride. This compound is found in tap water in many areas of the country, and in many traditional toothpastes because of its ability to help strengthen tooth enamel and keep tooth decay at bay. Since many patients have water filters and may not regularly drink tap water, having fluoridated toothpaste is an important way to give your enamel the boost it needs to deflect the corrosive effects of harmful oral bacteria. In small amounts, fluoride in the form of toothpaste is safe for adults and older children. Just remember to always spit it out!
Give Your Mouth a Fresh Start
The best way to spring-clean your oral health? Receive a dental cleaning from our team at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Though the Christmas, New Year, and Valentine’s Day holidays are behind us, your teeth may be holding on to tartar buildup and plaque accumulated from the holiday indulgences. Tartar, or hardened plaque, can only be removed by a dental professional – it cannot be removed from brushing or flossing at home. Regularly removing tartar greatly improves your teeth’s ability to fight off decay, and gives your mouth a clean slate.
While at your cleaning, consider giving your teeth an extra boost by opting for a fluoride treatment or dental sealant. Both are preventive treatments that can help your “spring cleaning” last even longer.
Call Your Skokie, IL Dentist
A cleaner house is satisfying, but cleaner teeth can be an investment in your future health and well-being. Don’t let spring pass you by without scheduling a spring-cleaning appointment with Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss at our Skokie, IL practice! We look forward to seeing you soon.