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To say goodbye to winter and herald in the emerging springtime, many people indulge in spring cleaning–sweeping out the old, refreshing what’s left, and welcoming the new. Spring is the perfect time for letting fresh air in as we are ready for a lighter, sunnier energy and renewed vigor after the darker, heavier days of winter.

While you are spring cleaning your life, don’t forget to include your mouth. Not only is spring a good time for physical and mental renewal, your teeth and gums need a boost with a revitalizing dental cleaning!

After you sweep out the old junk during your spring cleaning, let us sweep your teeth clear of unwanted dental junk. We are happy to scrub away any sticky film (plaque) along with tartar (hardened plaque), and any oral debris left behind from the food you eat. The result will leave you with smoother, cleaner, and whiter teeth. If you need added protection in between dental cleanings, you can also request a fluoride treatment. To remove plaque and tartar, we will scale and polish your teeth using special dental tools. If you don’t have this treatment done regularly, tartar can attack the gums and bring on gum disease. Along with checking for cavities, we will check for gum disease, oral cancer, and any other issues that benefit from early intervention. Things you can do to help with your oral spring cleaning include:

Daily Flossing
Plaque builds up under the gums just like on the surface of the teeth, and requires regular removal with daily flossing. Spring is a good time to make flossing part of your daily routine to prevent the ravages of periodontal disease as much as possible.

Toothbrush and Brushing
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your old toothbrush every 3-4 months, sooner if the bristles are frayed. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes to get the most from your brushing.

Drinking Water
As warmer weather comes along, stay hydrated with plenty of water, and if you like soda, limit your teeth’s exposure to acids by drinking with a straw to lower the acidic effect on your mouth.

Eating Right
To ensure healthier teeth and gums, consume a diet rich in vitamins and minerals to help ward off gum disease.

Using Sunblock
Cold sores are triggered by exposure to the sun so wear sunblock protection with a SPF15 or higher to stop an attack.

Quit Smoking
It has been proven that smokers not only do smokers lose more teeth than non-smokers, smoking also is a factor in oral cancer, so use your revitalizing spring energy to kick the smoking habit for better oral health.

If it is time for your spring cleaning, give our Greenwood Dental team in Montebello, California a call at 323-215-1400 and let us help you freshen your smile!