Replace your toothbrushThe American Dental Association recommends you replace your toothbrush (or brush head, if you use an electric toothbrush) every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed or if you've been ill. When was the last time you replaced YOUR toothbrush? Since we're on the topic of toothbrushes, here are a few additional tips from the ADA to keep your family safe and healthy:
- Never share your toothbrush.
- Store toothbrushes upright if possible so they can air-dry faster after use.
- Rinse your brush thoroughly with tap water after use.
- Children's toothbrushes may need to be replaced more often than every three months. Replace once you observe the bristles have begun to fray.
Mix things up and try something newDo you find it tough to remember to floss every day? You may be more likely to stick with your dental health routine if you keep things fresh and new! Consider trying a new type of dental floss:
- Waxed floss: Waxed floss is a commonly used option and comes in a variety of flavors (cinnamon, mint, bubble gum - even surprising flavors, like bacon!).
- Dental tape: Dental tape is a thin “ribbon” of floss that slides between teeth easily.
- Floss picks: Floss picks are a good option if it's difficult or painful to open your mouth wide enough to use traditional flossing methods.
Visit your favorite dentistAs you check things off your spring cleaning to-do list, don't forget to make sure you have your family's dental visits scheduled! Early morning, lunchtime, evening, and weekend appointments make it easy to find a time that's convenient for each member of your family. Finally, if your smile has been looking a little dull lately, it may be the perfect time to talk to your dentist about in-office or at-home whitening options. A freshly whitened smile may be just what you need to feel ready for spring and summer!
Spiffing up your dental health routine is quick and easy!Spring is often referred to as a time for new beginnings. If your dental routine has suffered, now is the perfect time to get things back on track with a fresh toothbrush, new floss options, and a dental checkup and cleaning. These quick and easy steps can help you enjoy a healthy smile throughout the season!
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