Dental Spring Cleaning for a Healthy Mouth
Annual spring cleaning should not only be limited to just homes and closets. It should also include taking inventory of dental cleaning routines. Drs. Stohl, your Salt Lake City Dentists, and their team at Foothill Dental invite you to take this opportunity for spring renewal to invest in your oral health to make sure you stay healthy this spring and all year round.
Flossing once a day is important to avoid plaque and tartar build-up. Tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms around the teeth, can cause swollen gums or gingivitis.
Drs. Stohl recommends flossing at night. “When sleeping, we produce less saliva, which naturally helps clean teeth and gums, making them prone to oral bacteria. Other than flossing and brushing your teeth, we also recommend scraping your tongue every night to get rid of more bacteria in your mouth.”
Change your toothbrush every three months or when you feel necessary. Worn-out toothbrush bristles keep you from reaching the tight and small crevices of your teeth and do not perform at it’s peak. Infectious bacteria also thrive on the bristles of old toothbrush.
Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
An electric toothbrush’s thousands of strokes per minute are incomparable to the average of strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, providing a more effective cleaning than a regular toothbrush. At Foothill Dental, we recommend using an electric toothbrush to prevent dental problems or gum diseases.
Choose the Right Toothpaste
Choose the right toothpaste by reading the label. Don’t be swayed by promises written on the toothpaste boxes or the ads you see on television. Toothpaste removes some of the stains on the surface of your teeth, making your teeth “appear” whiter. The truth is, teeth whitening can only be achieved through the use over-the-counter teeth bleaching products that work on the external aspect of the tooth or professional in-office Teeth Whitening treatment at Foothill Dental.
Rinse with Mouthwash
Rinse with mouthwash to prevent tooth decay and for extra breath-freshening power. Mouthwash provides effective oral care healthier teeth and gums. Choose the right mouthwash with a scientific blend of natural ingredients. However, mouthwash is not intended to replace brushing or flossing.
Eat Healthy Food
A balanced diet leads to proper nutrition and contributes to your dental health. Add foods that promote teeth and gum health, such as foods rich in omega-3, calcium and vitamin D. Eat fruits rich in fiber and Vitamin C like strawberries. Citric acid found in pineapples and lemons provide an all-natural mouthwash but can be bad for teeth enamel so eat in moderation. Green vegetables like kale and broccoli are high in minerals that strengthen tooth structure and prevent discoloration or enamel erosion.
Visit Your Salt Lake City Dentists for an Oral Spring Cleaning
At Foothill Dental, we recommend our patients to come in for a regular dental exam and teeth cleaning once every six months. We encourage our patients to make it a part of their schedule. More frequent visits might be required depending on your individual dental needs. Regularly visiting your Salt Lake City Dentists is a good way to catch and stop dental problems before they worsen and start hurting.
Take this opportunity to visit Foothill Dental and experience the safest and most advanced dental care and treatment. Our dental services include In-Office Teeth Whitenting, Invisalign Orthodontics, Dental Implants, CEREC Same Day Crowns and more. Our spring schedule is filling up quick, so call us at (801) 582-5787 for your dental appointment. Spring is an excellent time to book your dental appointments so they don’t get in the way of your summer vacation plans.