Doing some spring cleaning? While you’re busy beating rugs, cleaning curtains and organizing cabinets, don’t forget to check your bathroom counter! Add these four items to your checklist to include dental hygiene in your battle plan.
1. Replace old or worn toothbrushes
Get in the habit of changing your toothbrush every three months. The ability of a toothbrush to reach small crevices decreases as its bristles wear down.1 Bacterial and viral infections are another reason to switch out an old toothbrush for a new one. Infectious agents can thrive among the bristles, with the potential to reinfect you, so make sure to toss your toothbrush after every cold.
2. Check the expiration date on your mouthwash
Most mouthwash has a shelf life that should be indicated on the bottle. Using mouthwash past the expiration date can affect not only its taste but also its effectiveness,2 so double check that yours is still good to go.
3. Replenish your floss supply
The recommended length of floss is 18 inches per flossing session.3 With a daily flossing schedule, that adds up to roughly 45 feet of floss a month! Stock up to avoid running out.
4. Schedule a dentist appointment
With cleanings recommended for every six months, regular visits to the dentist should already be a part of your schedule. If you’ve been skimping on these visits, or a new problem has popped up, call your dental office to set up an appointment. Seeing your dentist regularly is a good way to spot – and stop – problems before they become bigger, pricier and painful.4 Spring and fall are excellent times to book cleanings, as these seasons may be the least likely to conflict with potential vacation plans.