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5 Tips For A Fresh Spring Smile

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Our friends, the industrious naked mole rats, are scrupulous about their dental routine. That's because their continuously growing incisors need to be frequently filed down with something hard like concrete blocks.

We humans turn to toothbrushes and floss for our oral hygiene needs. And since it's spring, how about taking a few minutes to spring clean and refresh your smile?

Here's a checklist to get you started. 

 1. Out with the old, in with the new. When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? It’s important to replace old toothbrush heads or toothbrushes every three to four months. As bristles wear, they become less effective at reaching all the little nooks and crannies that need to be cleaned. Most toothbrushes have an indicator that starts to fade on the bristles when it’s time to replace. If not, set up an alert on your phone or write it on the calendar so you’ll remember when to replace the old toothbrush.

(Keep reading for dental dance tips!) 

2. Deep clean your smile. Schedule one of your regular dental check-ups. Putting the appointment during this time of year helps make it easy to remember ever year.

3. Get some smile-worthy supplies. There are so many gadgets to help make oral care more fun for you and your kids. For kids, there are several new products designed to make teeth brushing exciting. You can find toothbrushes that sing, play songs or light up for two minutes—the duration of time recommended for keeping healthy smiles. For adults, there are several mobile apps that play songs for two minutes and many mechanical toothbrushes have timers.

4. Set a routine. Make time for a few extra minutes each morning and evening to incorporate better oral care into your day. You should brush your teeth for twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once a day.

5. Multitask. Two minutes of tooth brushing can seem like a long time so consider multitasking to help the time pass quickly.

  • Dance. Check out the playlist of two minute songs created by the recent Mighty Mouth campaign, which includes Washington Dental Service Foundation and many other health partners.
  • Exercise. Try doing leg lifts, wall sits or other non-jarring exercises that allow you to burn afew extra calories.
  • Relax. This is a great way to start or end your day. Focus on breathing (careful not to choke, you are brushing your teeth after all) and relax while you clean your beautiful smile.

For more information on your oral and overall health, please visit deltadentalwablog.com

And stop by Wellbody Academy's Germnasium, where you can peek into cubbies in A Healthy Mouth to see learn whether items like sippy cups,  xylitol chewing gum, cheese and tea are good or bad for your tooth enamel and why. 

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