Spring Cleaning: Replacing Your Dental Products

It’s that time of year again—Spring Cleaning. The time to de-clutter your home and make room for the new. Just make sure you don’t overlook your dental products. Even those need to be replaced every so often to keep your smile as fresh and clean as your home.

The best place to start your dental spring cleaning is your toothbrush. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or earlier if the bristles are starting to look worn or frayed. They should also be replaced after illnesses.

Your toothpaste lasts a lot longer. Most toothpastes have a shelf life of about two years after manufacture. If you aren’t sure how long you’ve had yours, check for changes in texture that indicate that a fluoride paste may have lost its efficacy. If the toothpaste is hard to get out of the tube or has lost its original foaminess, it might be time to toss it!

Your mouthwash has an extremely long shelf life due to the alcohol content, so you can keep using the same bottle for years. Mouthwash can typically be stored for three years, but make sure you keep the bottle capped and in a cool dry area for the best results. Capping the bottle prevents the evaporation of water and alcohol, which can cause a change in the taste and effectiveness of the mouthwash.

And remember, no spring dental cleaning is complete without a visit to the dentist.

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