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March is here and spring is finally on the way, a time of renewal. The lighter, longer days make us feel like hitting the reset button after the heavier days of winter. If you are feeling the spring cleaning bug, don’t forget to boost your oral habits for a healthier smile.

Professional Dental Cleaning: Start out your spring revival with a professional dental cleaning. Our dental team will clean your teeth and gums with a thorough scaling and polishing to remove plaque and tartar–which is nearly impossible to clean with just brushing and flossing alone. Removing tartar (hardened plaque) requires special dental tools. In addition to scaling and polishing, we will check for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and any other dental health issues.

Replace Your Toothbrush: Now is also a good time to throw out that old toothbrush, and if you use a manual toothbrush, maybe consider upgrading to an electric one. Electric toothbrushes generate more than 30,000 strokes each minute while cleaning your teeth, as well as pushing fluid between the teeth and around the gum line, making them more effective at removing surface plaque. But whatever toothbrush you prefer to use, you will want to prevent gum inflammation, gingivitis and periodontal disease along with tooth decay by replacing worn bristles!

Commit to Flossing: The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly 65 million Americans have gum disease. To avoid plaque and tartar buildup which leads to swollen and inflamed gums you will want to floss. Flossing is a key factor in plaque removal between teeth and around the gums line. While flossing helps any time of the day, nighttime flossing removes harmful bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums while you sleep. Saliva naturally cleans teeth and gums, but saliva production goes down while you sleep. Spring is the perfect time to renew your commitment to a regular flossing routine, and if you are going to do it once a day, consider flossing before bed.

We are happy to clear your teeth and gums of dental debris, just as you do when clearing out the debris in your home (and life) with a thorough spring cleaning. So if you are ready to spring clean your smile, give Dr. Eli Lawrence’s team in Chicago, Illinois a call at 312-236-9895 today!