Spring cleaning isn’t just for cupboards, cars and closets. It’s also a good time to freshen things up as far as your “dental tool chest” is concerned. Here are a few suggestions:
Ditch your winter toothbrush
If the flu got to you, you need to replace your toothbrush. Toothbrushes harbor lots of germs and bacteria. Their bristles also wear out and they aren’t as good at cleaning your teeth as they were when they were new. It is a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three months and every time you get sick. Purchase a quality, soft-bristled brush that isn’t harsh on your tender gum tissue.
Get yourself a tongue scraper
The sticky feeling in your mouth when you wake comes in large part from your tongue – it’s been hanging-out and collecting germs while you sleep. So, invest in a tongue scraper, and first thing in the morning, scrape your tongue and then rinse your mouth with warm water. Just try it!
Switch up your toothpaste
Coax the last tiny bit of toothpaste out of that tube and get a fresh, new tube of cavity-fighting, fluoride toothpaste. Cavities form in your mouth because of the plaque and germs left behind by food. But cavities stand less of a chance of forming if you brush twice a day with a quality fluoride toothpaste.
Daily flossing is neglected by many people but dedicated flossers swear by it. It’s impossible to get at the tiny bits of debris between your teeth by brushing alone. Floss comes in different thicknesses and widths, and it even comes flavored. There is a floss for every type of teeth. There isn’t a substitute for flossing. Make it a habit and notice fresher breath and cleaner teeth.