Keep Your Mouth Clean This Spring

Don’t forget to add oral health to your spring cleaning checklist.

Don’t forget to add oral health to your spring cleaning checklist.

Doing some spring cleaning this month? While you’re busy beating rugs, cleaning curtains and organizing cabinets, don’t forget to check your bathroom counter! Here are four things to add to your checklist.

  1. Replace old or worn toothbrushes. If your toothbrush or toothbrush head is more than three months old, it’s time to get a new one. Other signs for replacement include worn or frayed bristles. If it looks a little used and abused, your toothbrush is probably not getting in all of your teeth’s nooks and crannies for proper cleaning. But you don’t have to throw it out just yet – a used toothbrush is perfect for cleaning tight spots around the house!
  2. Check the expiration date on your mouthwash. Most mouthwash has a shelf life which should be indicated on the bottle. Using mouthwash past the expiration date can affect the taste and its effectiveness, so make sure yours is still in its prime.
  3. Replenish your floss supply. You should be using 18 inches of floss every time you clean your teeth. If you’re flossing daily as recommended, that’s roughly 45 feet of floss a month!
  4. Schedule a dentist appointment. You’re already thinking about cleaning, and now you’re thinking about your oral health. Why not combine the two and schedule your regular dental appointment if it’s not already on the calendar? Seeing your dentist regularly helps him or her spot problems before they become bigger issues – and require more expensive fixes. Plus, there’s nothing like that clean mouth feeling you experience after a professional brushing and flossing.

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2 Responses to “Keep Your Mouth Clean This Spring”

  1. Joe
    03/31/2015 at 1:49 pm #

    Spring-cleaning is for more than just our homes! It provides us with a great opportunity to update our dental hygiene, as well. It’s all too easy to use outdated toothpaste and mouthwash and to use a toothbrush that’s past its prime.

  2. judy wilson
    08/31/2016 at 9:30 am #

    Your advice to replace my old toothbrush is something that I need to start doing every three months from now on. I’ve used toothbrushes for as long as a year before replacing it. Your comment about how a used toothbrush with frayed bristles is less likely to clean my teeth properly would explain how important it is to buy a new one after three months. That will help improve my oral health, so I’ll start watching out for signs that I need a new toothbrush. Thanks for your helpful insight!

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