It’s officially spring-time, and with spring-time comes spring cleaning! Warmer temperatures often inspire people to dust off the shelves, mop the floors and sweep out all the excess dirt in their homes. This year take your spring cleaning to the next level by adding your bathroom counter to the checklist and tidying up your dental hygiene drawer.
Here are 4 ways to spring clean your dental hygiene:
1. Check the expiration date on toothpaste & mouthwash
Though dental hygiene products tend to have a long shelf life they do have the ability to expire. If you are someone who tends to buy in bulk and it’s been a while since you’ve needed to make a grocery store run, it might be a good idea to check our the expiration date on your dental health products this spring. Expired products tend to have a less enjoyable taste and can also lose their effectiveness as a tooth cleaner, so make sure to double check.
2. Replace your Toothbrush
Even when properly cared for and used in the correct way, the life span of a toothbrush should not exceed 3-4 months. It is important to change out your toothbrush on a regular basis because once it been used for a few months the bristles wear down and are unable to reach the smaller spaces, leaving your toothbrush to be less effective. If your toothbrush bristles appear to be flattened or frayed it probably means it’s time for a new one.
3. Switch out your Toothbrush Holder
Every time you brush your teeth, the bacteria from your mouth gets transferred to your toothbrush. When your toothbrush is placed back into your holder, the residual water left tends to drip from the bristles down into the bottom of your toothbrush holder. To keep bacteria growth at bay, this spring try either disinfecting your toothbrush holder in water and vinegar or purchasing a new one!
4. Make a Dentist Appointment
Many dental professionals recommend having a cleaning done every 6 months, but sometimes life gets busy and you simply don’t have time to go to the dental office as often as you should. If this sounds like you, call your dentist office this spring make an appointment with your practitioner.
Maintaining good dental hygiene is essential to good health. Make sure you are providing your mouth with the best possible care by spring cleaning your bathroom counter this spring.