March 2015 articles

Keep Your Mouth Clean This Spring

Doing some spring cleaning this month? While youre busy beating rugs, cleaning curtains and organizing cabinets, dont forget to check your bathroom counter! Here are four things to add to your checklist. Replace old or worn toothbrushes. If your toothbrush or toothbrush head is more than three months old, its 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 teeths nooks and crannies for proper cleaning.1 But you dont have to throw it out just yet a used toothbrush is perfect for cleaning tight spots around the house! 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,2 so make sure yours is still in its prime. Replenish your floss supply. You should be using 18 inches of floss every time you clean your teeth.3 If youre flossing daily as recommended, thats roughly 45 feet of floss a month! Schedule a dentist appointment. Youre already thinking about cleaning, and now youre thinking about your oral health. Why not combine the two and schedule your regular dental appointment if its 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.4 Plus, theres nothing like that clean mouth feeling you experience after a professional brushing and flossing.

1 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21453
2 http://news.crest.com/faq-item/scope/how-long-can-scope-be-stored-what-shelf-life
3 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,Delta40
4 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,HD28


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