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It’s that time of the year again! Families are pulling out their supplies and preparing for their annual spring cleaning. Your to-do list may be full of tasks like organizing closets, dusting off cobwebs, and sweeping out corners. But what about your teeth? Now is the perfect time to power up your oral hygiene habits! Read on to learn five ways to get your smile feeling nice and fresh this season.

#1 Replace Your Toothbrush

When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, it’s probably best to toss it out. According to the American Dental Association, you should get a new one every three to four months – sooner if the bristles become splayed. Otherwise, you may be doing more harm than good every time you brush your teeth. While shopping for a new toothbrush, make sure to get a soft-bristled one. It’ll help protect your smile from enamel loss and receding gums!

#2 Clean Your Toothbrush Holder

Believe it or not, you should be cleaning your toothbrush holder as often as you are replacing your beloved bristles. The container is exposed to all the same germs and bacteria as your other bathroom surfaces, meaning it’s entirely possible for it to be contaminated as well. That said, do not put your new toothbrush in the holder until it’s clean! You can wash it in warm, soapy water and wipe it down with a disinfectant.

#3 Look at the Expiration Dates

Do you check the expiration dates on food when cleaning out the fridge? You should do the same for your dental care products. Although you may not realize it, essentials like mouthwash and toothpaste have a shelf life! Take a look at the expiration dates and toss out anything that’s surpassed it. It’s a great opportunity to replace your products with something new and fresh!

#4 Enhance Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

Thanks to the beautiful weather, many special events are planned during spring, such as graduations, weddings, and family get-togethers. Get your smile camera-ready with professional teeth whitening! Your dentist can make your teeth several shades brighter with safe, professional products. Before you know it, you’ll have a set of pearly whites that turns heads!

#5 Schedule a Dental Cleaning

Are you overdue for your six-month checkup and cleaning? Make sure you schedule it right away. You need a professional cleaning every six months to ensure your oral health remains in tip-top shape. During your visit, special tools are used to remove excess plaque and tartar buildup. Not only does that make your smile shine brighter, but it helps lower the risk of cavities and other oral health concerns.

Don’t forget to prioritize your oral health during this time of the year. By following the tips outlined above, you can kick off the season with a beautiful, healthy smile!

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