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🐸🦷😁 6 TIPS for LEAPING into smile "Spring Cleaning"

As we LEAP into this extra day of the year, try these 6 tips to give your pearly whites some extra care and a good SPRING CLEANING! Good oral hygiene is essential for overall health, and maintaining healthy teeth and gums can prevent a host of dental issues. Whether it’s a leap year or not, these dental cleaning tips will keep your smile shining bright.

Leap into Good Oral Health: 6 Dental Cleaning Tips and Tricks

1. Brush Like a Pro

Use a soft-bristled brush: Opt for a toothbrush with gentle bristles to avoid damaging your gums and enamel. Angle matters: Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gumline. Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your teeth thoroughly.

2. Floss Like You Mean It

Daily flossing: Flossing removes food particles and plaque from between teeth, preventing gum disease. Be gentle: Use a gentle sawing motion to avoid hurting your gums. Explore alternatives: If traditional floss isn’t your thing, try water flossers or interdental brushes.

3. Clean up your Tongue

Don’t forget to brush your tongue while brushing your teeth. Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. Or scrape away bacteria: Invest in a tongue scraper to remove bacteria and debris from your tongue’s surface. This helps fight bad breath.

4. Rinse with Mouthwash

Choose an alcohol-free mouthwash: Alcohol-free options are less harsh on your mouth’s delicate tissues.

Swish and spit: Rinse for about 30 seconds after brushing and flossing.

5. Regular Dental Checkups

Schedule biannual visits: Regular checkups allow your dentist to catch issues early and provide professional cleanings. Listen to your dentist: They’ll tailor advice based on your unique needs.

6. Night Guard and Retainer Care

If you use a night guard or retainer, keep it clean! Use soap and water with a soft toothbrush. Follow your dentist’s instructions. Let them dry: Leave your retainer and night guard case open during the day.

Remember, a healthy mouth is an investment in your overall well-being. So, leap into good oral health with these tips, and let your smile shine all year round! 🦷✨


To ensure all your children’s teeth are ready to SMILE all year long, be sure to visit Sunshine Children’s Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends oral checkups twice annually for children (and adults, too). QUESTIONS? We are a resource to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s changing smile. We believe that oral health should be FUN and something to SMILE about!

We at Sunshine Children's Dentistry are THANKFUL for our patients!

Your family is a blessing to everyone at our office. Thank you for the honor of serving you! If you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.

For more helpful resources and fun activities, be sure to read our other Blog Articles.



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