Get A Spring Cleaning For A Healthy Smile! [BLOG]
It’s that time once again!
Spring is upon us, which means our team at Duffield Dentistry is giving you a friendly reminder to visit our Royal Oak, MI dental office.
As you’re busy doing some spring cleaning around the house, we’ll do the hard work for your teeth and gums when you come in for a dental cleaning and exam.
Spring Is The Perfect Time For Cleaning!
We all have those drawers in the kitchen that seem to collect all the little items that we toss in throughout the year so it’s off the counter and out of sight.
And what would you find if you were to move the couch and vacuum behind it?
A treasure trove of dust bunnies and loose change?
We all have those unseen disasters that need at least one or two good cleanings a year.
But you know what also needs a deep spring cleaning?
Your mouth, because just like those hard to reach places in your home, your teeth and gums offer plenty of tiny spaces for food and debris to hide and build up.
That’s why routine professional cleanings are so important for your oral health! Since life can get pretty hectic, it’s helpful to schedule at least one of your cleanings and exams at the turn of the new spring season each year.
*Follow Best Oral Hygiene Practices*
Are you brushing your teeth everyday?
Chances are, the answer is yes.
But to really keep your teeth and gums clean, there’s a little more to it than that.
The American Dental Association recommends the two-minute rule for brushing. Using a soft-bristle toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste, you should brush for two minutes, twice a day.
Also according to the ADA, make sure you’re flossing once each day so that bacteria in your mouth won’t have bits of food and other debris to feed on.
*Keep Lots Of Water Handy*
You already know how important water is for your body, so perhaps you already drink enough throughout the day. That’s not easy for everyone.
But knowing what it does for your oral health might make it easier to keep your water intake in check.
Staying well-hydrated keeps your saliva at a healthy level, which your tooth enamel desperately needs for protection against harmful acids.
Along with that, saliva washes away bits of food and sugar from what you eat and drink all day, keeping your teeth clean between brushing and flossing.
*Eat A Teeth-Friendly Diet*
When it comes to your teeth, sugar is the enemy. It’s hard to avoid sugar considering it’s often hidden in foods and drinks you might otherwise assume are harmless, like pretzels, fruit juice and sports drinks.
To keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy, you have to keep sugar intake low and nutrient-rich foods high in your daily diet.
Reach for teeth-friendly snacks like raw vegetables, fruits, cheese, yogurt, and lean protein to keep your smile healthy!
*Visit Us Twice A Year*
As the research keeps pouring in, we’re seeing more and more evidence that your teeth and gums play a pivotal role in your total body health.
Studies show that gum disease is connected to serious health threats like heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes, and more.
What that means for you is that regular check-ups at Duffield Dentistry are more important than ever. Although you might think that daily brushing and flossing is all it takes to avoid gum disease, the truth is that only a hygienist can remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth that lead to poor gum health.
Dr. Duffield, then, can give your mouth a thorough examination to make sure you’re free of cavities and other dental problems that you, on your own, can’t detect.
Schedule A Dental Check-Up!
This season, you’re probably busy with spring cleaning. It’s always nice to go through the house and declutter all those drawers and closets that hide things we just want out of the way.
But it’s also the perfect time of year to schedule one of your two dental cleanings and exams of the year.
You don’t have to think of it as another chore on your to-do list, though. Our team at Duffield Dentistry are here to do the hard work for you while you sit back and relax in our Royal Oak, MI dental office.