Make the Dentist Part of Your Spring Cleaning Regimen

She's dust in time!Springtime is often synonymous with spending hours removing the dirt, grime and dust bunnies that have set up shop in our living spaces. But has this time of year ever triggered you to call your dentist to schedule a dental cleaning?

The mouth is a dark, warm place where food debris gets lodged, cavity-causing bacteria breed, plaque takes hold and decay works to destroy your smile. Bottom line, it is another space that could use a spring cleaning. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your dentist, now is a good time to do so.

The good news is dental decay is 100 percent preventable, and a clean, healthy mouth is 100 percent attainable. It just requires you to adhere to a routine oral health regimen of brushing twice daily, flossing daily, using mouthwash, eating wisely and visiting the dentist twice a year. A trip to the dentist accomplishes what your at-home efforts cannot do alone. The dental visit includes a deep cleaning to remove plaque, tartar build-up and stains, plus treatment for any dental decay, assessment of signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, evaluation of the effectiveness of self-care, and detection of a wide-range of concerns related to your systemic health.

So as you roll up your sleeves and start tackling your spring cleaning to-dos, make it a point to visit the dentist also. In the end, you will have two clean, refreshed environments and a reason to flash your healthy, gleaming smile.

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