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At The Gentle Dentist, in Spring Hill, Florida, Dr. Jeffrey Lash, and his caring team are happy that spring is finally around the corner. To get into the spirit of cleaning out the old, we have three tips that will help you get into the mood for renewal!

Now is the perfect time to replace your old toothbrush. Did you know that electric toothbrushes generate more than 30,000 strokes a minute while cleaning your pearly whites? Your average manual toothbrush is capable of only 100 strokes a minute.  No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, your goal is to prevent gum inflammation, gingivitis and periodontal disease as well as tooth decay. You want to brush thoroughly but not too hard, to avoid damaging gums and wearing away tooth enamel.

The CDC reports that nearly 65 million Americans have gum disease. Protecting your gums means flossing at least once a day to prevent plaque and tartar buildup–a hard mineral deposit that can cause gums to become swollen and inflamed, leading to gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Flossing daily will keep plaque and tartar away. If you floss at night, you are removing harmful bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums while you sleep. Your mouth produces less saliva during sleep, which normally naturally cleans teeth and gums. This is why you wake up with morning breath.

A professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar by scaling and polishing should be done every six months, because removing hardened plaque is nearly impossible with regular brushing or flossing alone, and requires special dental tools to remove. Dental checkups also check for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and any other dental health issues which benefit with early treatment.

At The Gentle Dentist in Spring Hill, Florida, we are happy to help you get ready for spring, If it is time for your next dental cleaning, please give our team a call at 352-398-4064 and let Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD and his dedicated team help you brighten your smile!