Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget Your Smile!
April 12, 2018
Whether it’s a wedding, a prom, or some simple backyard barbecue fun, Spring is the season for pearly white smiles. Open the windows, let the sun shine in. Invest in your dental health with a visit to the family dentists at Dakota Family Dentistry.
Flossing at least once a day is important to ward off plaque and tartar build-up. Tartar, a hard-mineral deposit that forms around the teeth, can cause swollen gums or gingivitis and all-around poor dental health if not cleaned regularly.
Other than flossing and brushing your teeth, your family dentist may recommend scraping your tongue every night for optimal bacteria removal.
Replace Toothbrushes-Out with the Old, In with the New
A good rule of thumb to promote dental health is to change your toothbrush every 3 months. Worn-out bristles keep you from reaching the crevices of your teeth and do not perform at their best. Infectious bacteria love an old toothbrush. Evict bacteria now!
It’s a fact—electric toothbrushes work better by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line; that makes them more effective than a regular toothbrush. Consult your family dentist for recommendations.
Know your Toothpastes
Sensitive Teeth? Cavity Fighter? Whiter/Brighter? Choose the right toothpaste by reading labels. All of the toothpastes on the market today are designed to clean teeth, but not all of them accomplish that task equally. Determine the right balance of extra features and core cleaning power to find the toothpaste that is best for you.
Rinse with Mouthwash
Rinse with mouthwash to promote dental health and for extra breath-freshening power. Choose the right mouthwash with a scientific blend of natural ingredients based on your needs. Remember, mouthwash does not replace brushing or flossing.
Eat Healthy Food
A family doctor will tell you about the importance of a healthy diet. Your family dentist knows proper nutrition contributes to dental health. Add foods that promote teeth and gum health, such as foods rich in omega-3, calcium and vitamin D. Eat fruits rich in fiber and Vitamin C like strawberries. Citric acid found in pineapples and lemons provide an all-natural mouthwash but can damage enamel, so eat in moderation or rinse with water after eating. Green vegetables like kale and broccoli are high in minerals that strengthen tooth structure and prevent discoloration or enamel erosion.
Drink More Water
Many people pledge to be healthier in the spring. Drinking more water is a great way to stay hydrated on warmer days, as well as keep harmful bacteria off of your teeth.
Spring is an excellent time to book your dental appointments so they don’t get in the way of your summer vacation plans. Our Spring schedule is filling up fast. Take the first step towards excellent dental health and a brighter whiter smile. Please call or visit the friendly professionals at Dakota Family Dentistry. Call us at 605-352-6999.
Last Modified: 04/12/2018 8:35:31 am MDT