Spring cleaning… for your mouth!

Spring will quickly be upon us – and with it, the spring cleaning craze begins!

Many of us will be combing through the home and throwing away old supplies for new ones. These may even include supplies in the bathroom. While you’re in there, throw away mostly-used tubes of toothpaste, old toothbrushes or toothbrush heads, and any other supplies which aren’t the same color now compared with what they originally came as!

Also, don’t forget to take stock of what your dental care supplies are – and what you may be missing. Here are some key items for your oral care arsenal that you should be sure to buy along with new clothes and furniture cleaning supplies for spring.


Make sure you have the right toothbrush for your mouth and your needs. If you have a hard time removing all plaque and food debris when you typically brush, you may want a harder or larger brush head. Or, if you find that it hurts after you brush, a soft or ergonomic toothbrush may be better.

You should also consider whether you should invest in an electric or sonic toothbrush. The additional motor power offered by these toothbrushes could be a huge benefit for your teeth; speak with us about them to find out whether they are right for you.

Floss and floss picks

Just as important as the right toothbrush is the right floss. Make sure you select floss that allows you the flexibility – without breaking – of reaching everywhere in between and around your teeth. If you’re having trouble reaching all those deep areas between molars, you may want to get floss picks instead. These disposable picks can provide you that extra maneuverability you need to make sure you clean out every aspect of your mouth.


There are nearly as many toothpastes these days as there are shampoo and conditioner options in the health aisle at your typical retail store! You can ask us for guidance on the type of toothpaste that’s right for you.

Notably, you can now find a variety of toothpastes that have special enamel-hardening properties. These are recommended for those who are heavy drinkers of coffees, teas, fruit juices and sodas, which can tear down your enamel if you’re not careful.


Even if you’re not a fan of how mouthwash feels to the mouth, there’s no mistaking that it’s an important part of your oral care routine. You can now purchase alcohol-free versions of mouthwash that may make using it a bit easier. Also look for mouthwash that’s designed for sensitive teeth.

Dental picks

Even floss can’t get everywhere! That’s why you should invest in dental picks – they are especially effective at getting rid of hardened plaque near the gum lines.

For more tips on cleaning supplies for your mouth, come visit our website at HealthySmile.com  or call us at (708) 460-3040 to set up an appointment!


Start early with the kids!

The earlier you teach your children how to brush and floss, the more likely they will be avid brushers and flossers later in the life. Habits form early, after all!

What are some of the things you can do for the children in your life to help ensure they have healthy, pearly white teeth for the long-term?

Set up routines

Habits best form through repetition. Set up routines for children every morning and before bedtime. Brush with them when they’re young, and as they get older, reward them for remembering their routines all by themselves. Also, make sure there are consequences if they forget!

If you’ve done it correctly, children will develop instincts for life that associate waking up and going to bed with having clean teeth. Also, once they are old enough – and have enough teeth – to floss, integrate it into their existing routines right away.

Show them the proper way to brush

An important step to not forget is making sure you actually show children the proper way to brush. Like driving, you have been brushing your own teeth for so long that it is very difficult to remember what it was like before you learned. That means that you need to be very, very patient at first when children learn how to clean their teeth.

Regular check-ups

Nearly more than half of children and adolescents don’t see a dental medical provider every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is bad because early dental problems can last a lifetime!  Make sure you get children in to the dentist as often as possible when they are young. This also helps get them comfortable with going to a dentist and getting rigorous, regular cleanings.

For more tips on making sure your children have healthy teeth, come visit our website at HealthySmile.com or call us at (708) 460-3040 to set up an appointment!

Let’s talk about floss

It’s time to have a heart-to-heart about flossing. We know you may not like it – “it takes time, it hurts and sometimes makes my gums bleed!” you may tell yourself. But today, we’ll explain why proper flossing won’t make your gums bleed and will actually save you more time in the long run!

When should I floss?

You should floss at least once a day, at minimum. You can floss after you brush your teeth at night, in the morning – or any time of day, really, that you can spare two minutes of time. Like exercising, the most important part about keeping up your flossing routine is simply doing it.

Will it hurt?

If you floss correctly and frequently enough, flossing won’t hurt you. But it may hurt when you first start getting into the swing of things – usually a week or two. After then, you shouldn’t see any bleeding or feel any major discomfort when you floss.

If you do experience continued bleeding or pain when flossing after two weeks, it may be time that you come in a see us – this could be a sign of gum disease or other dental ailment that you should get checked out.

How does flossing save me time?

Flossing daily will save you time in the dentist’s chair getting your teeth filled, repaired or even replaced. This is because flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque and food from between your teeth. If the spaces between your teeth are not cleaned out regularly, this can cause you to develop tooth decay or gum disease. These can lead to procedures such as root canals, fillings, implants and many more.

So, why not save time – and money – but taking up flossing as part of your daily dental routine? For tips on flossing correctly, ask us at your next appointment. Visit our website at HealthySmile.com, or call us at (708) 460-3040 today to set one up!

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