It’s spring! Finally, we made it! Canadians are tough but winter is even tougher and sometimes it can feel like a real fight to make it through the season. Here we are though, it’s March now and it is both time to “march” forward into spring and time to embrace the time change that guarantees us extra daylight – even if the sun isn’t quite shining brightly yet! Can you guess what else a time change means? Yup – it’s TIME to change your toothbrush!
The experts tell us that we should really be replacing our oral hygiene appliances (my new fancy word for toothbrushes!) about every three months. That would mean changing them seasonally and I think this is about right. If you have trouble remembering that rule however, then at least changing your toothbrush (and your smoke alarm batteries) in time with the time change means a fresh start twice a year and that is better than no fresh start at all!
In honour of spring, here are a few more friendly reminders about how best to maintain great oral hygiene or if necessary, how to kick start a new approach and attitude toward your ongoing dental care:
- Make brushing fun for your kids. Buy a timer, the kind full of sand and they can literally “watch” the time fly. They will be so engrossed they will happily brush for the fully allotted amount of time.
- Everyone loves a new toothbrush – take the kids with you and let them pick out their own colour or favourite character brush. The more involved they are, the more likely they will be to brush for longer.
- Make sure both your brush and that of the kids in the house are either soft bristled or medium bristled. A hard bristle toothbrush is usually just too much. In fact, most experts agree a soft bristle is sufficient when used properly.
- If brushing is a chore consider investing in an electronic toothbrush. What your children may lack in terms of timing will be more than made up by the extra “force” behind the electronic brush.
- Book an appointment for a “spring cleaning” with the family friendly team here at Brinkley Dental in Brampton.
- Brush a minimum of two times per day but preferably three and make sure one of those times is before bed – that’s the most important one of all!
- Believe it or not, you CAN brush too often and too harshly. Brushing more than four times per day or too vigorously can be abrasive to your tooth enamel so as with most things, make “all things in moderation” your rule of thumb.
Finally, for those of you that enjoy the Easter holiday season, whether secularly or spiritually, don’t forget to be a special friend to your teeth during this chocolate holiday! Brush if you can after enjoying a treat or two and/or keep some bottled water handy to at least rinse out your mouth. Brinkley Dental welcomes spring and we welcome you to our offices anytime. Call for an appointment today and in the meantime, as always, we remind you ”don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and Brush that SMILE!”