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Spring clean your dental routine

4 tips for starting and staying fresh

Spring cleaning is all about shedding what no longer suits you and preparing for what comes next. As you transition out of your winter wardrobe and freshen up your home, don’t forget your dental health routine! Here are four items for that spring to-do list to keep you smiling all season long.

1. Replace old or worn toothbrushes

Replace your toothbrush at the start of every season, or every three months. As its bristles wear down, so does the effectiveness of your toothbrush. Even worse, bacteria and infectious agents can thrive among the bristles. Start the season with a fresh brush and be sure to toss it after you’ve had a cold, as well!

2. Check the expiration date on your mouthwash

Yep, even your mouthwash has a shelf life! Using mouthwash past the expiration date can affect its taste as well as its effectiveness. Replenish with a new bottle and swish with confidence.

3. Restock your floss supply

The recommended length of floss is 18 inches per flossing session. If you’re flossing daily, as recommended, that adds up to roughly 45 feet of floss a month! Stock up to avoid running out at an inopportune time.

4. Schedule a dentist appointment

Seeing your dentist regularly is a good way to spot — and stop — problems before they become bigger, pricier and more painful. If you can’t remember the last time you got a checkup, that’s your sign to make an appointment.

Last updated October 29, 2021

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.