Spring has officially sprung and with it comes the promise of sunny days, warm temps, and flowers galore. Spring is a time of renewal when the Earth wakes up from its winter slumber. The grass is greener and the trees fuller. Most of us can’t help but feel great this time of year. Traditionally, people love to spring clean their homes. Clearing out the dust from having the house shut up all winter and the heat blasting just feels good. Some like to spring clean in other areas of their lives as well. Starting up an exercise routine or reviving your commitment to a New Year’s Resolution are some ways people restart in the spring. It’s a perfect time to make your oral health a priority.
Proper maintenance when it comes to your oral health can help stave off issues in the future. Committing to a daily cleaning routine, making biannual dental office visits and keeping a vigilant watch for changes in your mouth are great ways to stay on top of your oral health. To ramp up your spring clean dental routine, follow these 2 important tips.
1.Floss: With recent conflicting reports about the benefits of flossing, dentist stand firm in saying patients still need to floss. If you don’t already floss daily, now is a great time to add it to your oral health routine. Flossing allows you to clean all the surfaces of your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach while stimulating your gums.
2.Reduce Sugar Intake: Many wonderful holidays and special occasions stretch out before us in spring and summer, with their sweet treats. Making a renewed effort to reduce sugar intake can have a big impact on your oral health. Sugar that sits on the surface of teeth over prolonged periods of time attract bacteria that cause tooth decay. Can’t kick the habit? Brushing after sugary snacks and using a straw when sipping sugary drinks can help reduce the effects.
Any efforts to keep your mouth clean and maintain your oral health can help your teeth, mouth, gums and even your overall health. The single most important factor to consider in your spring cleaning routine is to schedule your next dentist appointment. Regular visits are the key to early detection of any issues. Finding a dentist you trust and feel comfortable talking to is most important. The dentists at Foundations of Health Dental Care in St. Joseph, MO are here to help. Call (816) 233-0142 to schedule your spring cleaning and to get on a consistent schedule of biannual visits. Dr. Curry, Dr. Taylor, and Dr. Asano are proud to provide patient-centered care to all their clients with the goal of providing quality care in the most comfortable environment. Get your spring cleaning scheduled and renew your commitment to your overall oral health.