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Here’s How to “Spring Clean” Your Means for Good Oral Hygiene!

We talk a lot about how to keep your teeth sparkling clean, but a really important part of doing that is keeping your oral hygiene tools clean. That’s right—if your toothbrush is old and dingy, it won’t do much to help you maintain good oral hygiene. So, while you’re spring cleaning the rest of your home, take some time in the bathroom to replace worn out toothbrushes and update your flossing routine. 

Ditch Your Old Toothbrush

Be honest—when was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, it’s definitely time for a new one. Whenever you start to notice your toothbrush’s bristles becoming worn and frayed, that’s a good indication to replace it. 

In addition to the wear and tear you can see, old toothbrushes can also become a comfy home for bacteria. The thing that’s meant to keep your mouth clean could actually be spreading harmful germs! This applies especially if you had a cold or the flu recently. Don’t let those germs hang around—change out your toothbrush! 

Make Flossing More Fun

One of the simplest ways to stick to a habit is to make it more fun for yourself! While you’re throwing out your old toothbrush, throw out that old plastic floss container and opt for something easier. Individual flossers make flossing way easier. Plus, floss now comes in lots of fun flavors, too! 

Get Some New Toothpaste & (Fluoride) Mouthwash

Did you know that toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash both have expiration dates? If too much time has passed, some of their ingredients might not be as effective as you’d like! Or maybe you’ve been using the same toothpaste for a while and it’s just not doing the trick. 

It’s time to treat yourself to a new brand, new flavor, or something to target a specific issue you’re having like sensitivity. 

Good Oral Hygiene Isn’t Just About Brushing & Flossing

Good oral hygiene goes beyond your five-minute bathroom routine! Everything you eat and drink throughout the day affects your teeth. Try to limit the number of sodas you drink (this is good for your overall health, too!) and instead opt for water or herbal tea. If you’re a routine-driven person, why not incorporate a healthy, caffeine-free beverage into your oral hygiene routine? 

Self-Care Applies to Your Teeth, Too!

We all know the importance of self-care, but it’s time to take it beyond yoga and skincare—make sure you’re showing the same love to your teeth! While there are many ways to upgrade your oral hygiene, the best way is to schedule regular appointments with your dentist. They’ll be able to give your mouth a thorough cleaning, check for early signs of larger issues, and give you helpful tips on brushing and flossing. Contact LeCroy Dental today to set up an appointment.