Once the snow finally melts away, the flowers will come out again and spring will be upon us! Spring has always represented new beginnings. People make the effort to sell or donate the items they don’t need and introduce new habits to their regular routines. When you think about it, it’s kind of like a second chance to check on the resolutions you made earlier this year.
While you’re deep cleaning your bathroom, take a moment to consider these tips from your dentist in Ephrata.
Check if Your Mouthwash is Still Useable
When you look in your bathroom closet, do you notice a bottle of mouthwash that you bought last year but never bothered to start including in your routine? It’s good that you thought to buy it in the first place. Using mouthwash is a great way to strengthen your tooth enamel as well as remove bacteria that brushing and flossing can miss. Plus, you get fresher breath after using it!
Before you pop it open, check the expiration date on it first. Even though the antiseptics in mouthwash can work to keep it sterile, mouthwash is still mostly water, meaning the antiseptics will begin to dissolve after enough time. If it’s two years past this date, avoid using it. Accidentally swallowing bacteria that’s grown inside the bottle can be dangerous for your health (and the flavor and effectiveness will have reduced as well.)
Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment
The ADA recommends that you visit the dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. If you haven’t already, spring is a good time to make sure you know when your next dental appointment is. If you have insurance, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking advantage of your benefits. If you don’t use them by the end of the year, they won’t carry over into next year.
Make This Spring the One Where You Commit to Flossing
Brushing only lets you clean 60 percent of your teeth, so committing to flossing will make your oral care more thorough. Luckily, manufacturers have created many devices to make flossing an easier part of your oral care routine. For example, floss picks are great for single use and reaching the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth, such as your molars. These teeth are particularly vulnerable to tooth decay.
You can also purchase a floss holder and a bulk pack of dental floss, which is much cheaper than buying individual boxes.
Organize Your Extra Dental Care Supplies
If you’ve been to the dentist regularly, you probably have a stockpile of dental care supplies at this point. These items can easily pile up without getting used including:
If you don’t see yourself using these items and they haven’t expired, consider donating them. Other people less fortunate can largely benefit from unused dental supplies. Just be sure to remember when you make your trip to donate other items.
Spring provides the chance to turn over a new leaf. Ask your dentist in Ephrata for more tips during your next visit!
About the Author
Dr. Sean Moriarty and his team of dental assistants, hygienists, and support staff are proud to offer you a world-class experience when it come to dental care. After earning his dental degree and opening multiple practices, he’s taken the initiative to provide dental care to those in the community who are less fortunate. He works with non-profits such as the Water Street Mission and Mor Smiles. To learn more tips on improving your oral care habits or to learn about the practice, contact him at (717) 733-1088 or visit his website.