Keep Your Mouth Clean this Spring

Posted on March 26, 2015 in General oral health

Spring Clean Your MouthDoing some spring cleaning this month? While you're busy beating rugs, cleaning curtains and organizing cabinets, don't forget to check out 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, it's time to get a new one. Even if your toothbrush is only a month or two old, you should replace it if the bristles are looking particularly worn or frayed. If it looks a little used and abused, your toothbrush is probably not getting in all of your mouth's nooks and crannies for proper cleaning and needs to be replaced.1  But you don't 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 mouthwashes have a shelf life, which is indicated on the bottle. Using it past the expiration date can affect the taste and the effectiveness of the mouthwash,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 you're flossing daily as recommended, that's roughly 45 feet of floss a month! Make sure you're well stocked – it's a bummer to go to clean your teeth and find you only have two inches of floss left.

Schedule a dentist appointment. You are already in a cleaning state of mind, why not think about your oral cleaning, too? You can combine the two and schedule your regular dental appointment if it's 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, there's nothing quite like that clean mouth feeling after a professional brushing and flossing.