Just like that, it’s almost summertime. As the spring season ends, perhaps these lighter, brighter days are inspiring you to do a bit of last-minute spring cleaning. Or perhaps they’re not. No judgment here!
What the doctor can recommend wholeheartedly is finishing the season with a clean, sparkling smile. And we have some bright ideas for you!
Refresh Your Cleaning Technique
Tooth brushing can become so automatic that we don’t think about the basics anymore. And suddenly, we’ve finished brushing in half the time we used to, and, hey, how long has that floss been sitting on the counter, anyway? We suggest some mindful cleaning for a healthier smile.
Good Cleaning Requires Good Tools
Since we’re tidying up, let’s talk about some helpful cleaning tools. Is your toothbrush looking a bit—long in the tooth?
After three to four months of brushing, your toothbrush bristles start to break down. Frayed and matted bristles can’t clean as effectively as a toothbrush in top shape. Each change of season is a good time to remind yourself to change brushes.
And, while you’re shopping, remember:
If you’re not a fan of your current floss, take another look at the dental aisle in your local store. There are lots of new flossing options out there just waiting to be sampled. Or consider a water flosser. Water flossers can be an effective and gentle means of cleaning bacteria from periodontal pockets for those with gum disease. Your periodontist can help you find just the right floss or water flosser for your one-of-a-kind smile.
And speaking of your dental team . . .
Some Cleaning Jobs Require Professional Help
If you suffer from gum disease, a twice-a-year cleaning with your dentist might not be enough to keep your teeth and gums their healthiest. In this case, your periodontist, a specialist in treating conditions of the gums, bones, and tissues surrounding the teeth, can perform a more thorough deep cleaning at our Lawrenceville, New Jersey office. This procedure is non-surgical, and makes use of two types of cleaning:
Because periodontal cleanings are more thorough, they can take more than one appointment to complete and might require a local anesthetic. You might also be given medications to help the healing process. A follow up appointment will be scheduled to see whether further treatment is necessary.
Spring’s coming to an end, but taking care of your dental health is always in season! A clean smile isn’t just a more confident smile, it’s a healthier one. Talk to your periodontist for more tips to create your best and brightest smile at any time of year.
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