It’s that time of year again! Time for scarves, raking leaves and the epitome of the season, enjoying a pumpkin spice latte. Despite the unpredictability of 2020, it’s comforting to know that the seasons too must change and so with it, us. That’s why, when you’re stocking up on school supplies and warm coats, it’s a great time to follow suit and change a few important items in your oral health routine.
The changing of a season is a great reminder to change your toothbrush. The average bristle head, manual toothbrush will need to be replaced every three to four months, and for children learning how to brush, sometimes sooner. So, if you haven’t replaced your toothbrush since May, you’re due!
Fall is a great time to schedule your annual or biannual cleaning and check up with the doctor. Regular preventative visits to the dental hygienist is the best way to avoid complications in your oral health. Schedule the whole family for a visit in the same week. That way you are always on the same frequency of visits and saves you time by reducing the number of visits to the office.
And if you’re planning on indulging in some fall time snacks like cookies, cakes, or a pumpkin pie (to say nothing of Halloween candy), beware! Try to rinse with water after eating or drinking to avoid bacteria buildup on the surface of your teeth. It might be fall but you want your teeth to stay in place for a long time!