March is here and spring is on its way! If you catch the spring cleaning bug, you are familiar with the routine. Sweeping out the old, refreshing what’s left, and welcoming the new. A time for letting fresh air in, as we ready for new energy and renewed vigor after the long winter’s rest. For a healthier, brighter smile, be sure to include your dentist as part of this revitalizing routine!
Time for a Dental Checkup
To remove plaque and tartar (mineralized plaque), see Dr. J. Brandon Allen for regular cleanings which include scaling and polishing. This procedure should be done every six months, as removing hardened plaque is nearly impossible with just normal brushing or flossing, no matter how thorough. Tartar requires special dental tools to remove, and when this cleaning step is skipped, plaque and tartar can attack the gums, and lead to gum disease.
Your dental checkup will involve assessing for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and any other dental health issues that benefit with early treatment. Our dental team will thoroughly clean your teeth of unwanted dental junk, just like you do when you are spring cleaning.
Our team will scrub away 1) plaque–the sticky film that bacteria grow in, 2) tartar–which is hardened plaque, and 3) oral debris from food, leaving you with smoother, cleaner, whiter teeth. If you need help protecting your teeth from decay in between regular dental visits, you can benefit from a fluoride treatment.
Besides a thorough dental spring cleaning, there are other things you can spruce up to freshen your smile, including:
- Quit smoking: Research has proven that smokers lose more teeth than non-smokers. Smoking may also cause mouth cancer, so kick the habit for a healthier mouth and a brighter smile.
- Floss: Because plaque builds up under the gums just like the surface of the teeth, you will want to remove it by flossing. Spring is an excellent time to make flossing part of your daily routine and avoid periodontal disease.
- Toothbrush: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, sooner if the bristles are frayed. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes.
- Hydrate: As the weather gets warmer, cool down with water, and if you like your soda, limit consumption and use a straw to avoid the acidic contact in your mouth.
- Sunblock: Use sunblock SP15 or higher to stop an attack of cold sores, which are often triggered by sun exposure.
- Nutrition: To have healthier teeth and gums, incorporate a healthier diet into your Spring, one that is rich in vitamins and minerals which helps to prevent gum disease.
If it is time for your spring cleaning, give our Bullard Family Dentistry team in Bullard, Texas a call at 903-710-2309 and let us help you brighten your smile again!