6 Tips to Maintain a Healthy Smile this Spring

Categories: General Dentistry


For many of us, the arrival of spring brings with it feelings of renewal and rejuvenation. Spring also represents an ideal time of year to refresh your smile. Just follow this six-step guide from your Scotts Valley dentists to maintain a healthy smile this spring.

Tip 1: Review your brushing technique

The American Dental Association advises brushing your teeth twice a day but how you brush, and for how long, are the two most important factors. You want each brushing to last about two minutes. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use gentle circular motions, rather than hard scrubbing, which can damage your gums and your enamel, the protective outer layer of your tooth structure.

Tip 2: Don’t skip flossing

Even though the ADA recommends daily flossing, one recent study found that respondents flossed just once per week, while 20% do not floss at all. Flossing is the only way to remove food particles and plaque from the nooks and crannies between your teeth or from along the gum line – areas of your mouth that you cannot reach with a toothbrush.

Tip 3: Improve your diet

With the arrival of spring, fresh fruits and vegetables become more readily available. Crunchy fresh produce is preferred because it provides a natural workout for your teeth and stimulates saliva production. However, generally speaking, fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that benefit both your oral and overall health.

Tip 4: Choose water

Water is your best beverage choice no matter what season it is, but as temperatures begin to rise and spring progresses to summer, dehydration can increase. Drink water to avoid this hydration, while also encouraging saliva production and naturally washing away any food particles and bacteria that may accumulate on your teeth. Drinking too many sugary or acidic beverages can compromise your oral health.

Tip 5: Change out your toothbrush

You should replace your toothbrush or the head of your electric toothbrush every three to four months – or do this more quickly if the bristles become frayed. Once the bristles start to wear down, your toothbrush becomes less effective at removing bacteria and plaque from teeth.

Tip 6: Schedule a dental checkup

Spring cleaning does not just apply to your home. If you have lapsed in your schedule of twice-yearly dental visits, spring represents a great time to get back on track. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we perform a professional dental cleaning as part of each of our checkup appointments. These cleanings remove all the food particles, plaque and tartar from your mouth, lowering your risks of problems such as cavities and gum disease. Also during each of these appointments, one of our dentists will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth. These examinations can identify problems with your oral health before visible symptoms manifest or you begin to feel any discomfort. You also may have X-rays taken and undergo an oral cancer screening.

Are you due, or maybe overdue, for a dental checkup? Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry currently is accepting new patients. Make an appointment today by calling (831) 438-4411 or contacting us online.