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March is the month for catching up with Daylight Savings, and if you are a fan of spring cleaning, the time is coming to sweep out the old, refresh what’s left, and welcome the new. Spring is the time for letting fresh air in as we bask in a lighter, vibrant energy after the darker, heavier days of winter. Not only is spring a good time for physical and mental renewal, your teeth and gums are ready for a revitalizing dental cleaning.

Just as important as sweeping out the old junk during spring cleaning, we will sweep your teeth clear of unwanted dental junk. We will scrub away the sticky film (plaque) clouding your teeth, along with tartar (hardened plaque), and any oral debris left behind. You will be left with smoother, cleaner, and whiter teeth. To remove plaque and tartar, we will scale and polish your teeth using special dental tools, to prevent gum disease. We check for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and any other issues that benefit from early intervention. If you need added protection in between dental cleanings, you can also request a fluoride treatment.

To brighten your smile in between visits, step up your oral hygiene routine by:

Replacing Your Toothbrush

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.

Flossing Every Day

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.

Drinking Water

As warmer weather comes along, stay hydrated with plenty of water to maintain saliva production and avoid dry mouth.

Eating Healthy

To ensure healthier teeth and gums, focus on a diet rich in vitamins and minerals.

 Give up 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 a healthier mouth.

Using Sunblock

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

If it is time for your spring cleaning, give our team at David A. Browne, DDS, PC in McHenry, Illinois a call at 815-344-6811 and let us help you brighten your smile again!