Spring Cleaning Benefits for Your Teeth

The thought of spring is enough to make anyone smile, but if your teeth look less than fabulous, they could be due for a spring cleaning. Follow our easy tips on how to refresh your dental care regime.

Spring Clean Your Dental Care Products

Now is a perfect time to throw out any toothpaste or mouthwash that has expired. Also, check to see if you need a new toothbrush. Most people need to replace their toothbrush every three months or sooner if it begins to look worn.

Book a Dental Cleaning

If it has been a while since you visited our practice, why not book a dental cleaning? A professional dental cleaning is a great way to protect your teeth and gums. We can gently and thoroughly remove all hardened plaque, a substance called calculus, leaving your mouth feeling super clean and fresh. Removing these substances reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease.

Brighten Your Smile

Teeth can become discoloured over time, especially if you like your coffee and tea or smoke. So spring is the perfect time to think about brightening your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment. We can ensure you whiten safely and effectively using professional strength products.

Ten Easy Ways to Enjoy a Happy and Healthy Smile

Follow these easy tips to enjoy a happier and healthier smile.

  1. Brush consistently at least twice a day, and especially last thing at night.
  2. Make sure you brush your teeth properly, spending at least two minutes cleaning all tooth surfaces thoroughly.
  3. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush as anything harder can damage your tooth enamel.
  4. Don’t forget to clean your tongue, brush it gently with your toothbrush, or use a special scraper.
  5. Daily flossing is extremely important, cleaning right between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.
  6. Use a fluoridated toothpaste, and afterwards, spit but don’t rinse as this will leave a thin layer of fluoride ions coating your teeth and protecting them.
  7. Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and water also helps rinse away some loose food particles and harmful bacteria.
  8. Avoid sugary and acidic drinks like sports drinks and fruit juices, and fizzy drinks. These can damage your tooth enamel very quickly, so drink it through a straw to minimise contact with your teeth if you do have one.
  9. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables that are high in fibre helps to scrub your tooth surfaces, although this isn’t a substitute for brushing your teeth.
  10. Be sure to come and see us twice yearly for your checkups and cleanings.

Do you have bad breath under your face mask?

If you have noticed your breath smells nasty when wearing a face mask, you can’t necessarily blame it on the mask as it could be a dental health problem. Many people have halitosis or bad breath, and wearing a mask makes it easier to smell your breath.

Lots of different factors can cause bad breath. Sometimes it is simply down to your choice of food and drink. Other times it can be due to poor oral hygiene or because you are dehydrated. Sinus problems can be a contributing factor, and occasionally bad breath can be due to general health problems. Your oral health is closely connected to your general health, and halitosis can sometimes be a symptom of health issues that include diabetes and heart disease.

If you are concerned about bad breath, book an appointment for a dental checkup and professional dental cleaning. We can check the condition of your teeth and gums to make sure you do not have any dental problems that require treatment. In addition, professionally cleaning your teeth removes plaque and tartar buildup that can contribute to bad breath. Also, if poor oral hygiene is an issue, we can advise you on cleaning your teeth more effectively, including tips on how to floss properly.