As the leaves begin to change colors and the air turns crisp, October brings a perfect opportunity to refresh your dental health. Just like you swap out your summer attire for cozy sweaters, it’s time to fall back into a good oral care routine. Today, we’ll explore how to incorporate better habits this fall season to enjoy a healthier, happier smile. 

Why October Is the Ideal Time for a Dental Check-up

As the year winds down, it’s important to take a moment to assess your oral health. Many people with dental insurance will see their benefits expire by the end of the year. So, if you haven’t had your cleaning and exam recently, make sure to get yours scheduled. Plus, with the holiday season around the corner, you’ll want to ensure your smile is in its best shape, ready for all those festive gatherings and photo-worthy moments.

Embracing the Fall Vibes for Oral Health 

Just as the trees shed their old leaves, you can use this season to shed old habits that might not be benefiting your oral health. Here’s how you can fall into a good oral care routine: 

1. Get a Thorough Cleaning

Much like the refreshing breeze of fall, a thorough dental cleaning can invigorate your smile. Professional cleanings not only remove plaque and tartar buildup but also give your teeth a polished shine, setting the stage for better oral care ahead. We’ll also check your mouth for any signs of dental issues, lingering under the surface, that could put your smile at risk.

2. Enjoy Autumn-inspired Nutrition

Fall brings a bounty of nutritious foods, from crunchy apples to vitamin-packed pumpkins. Incorporate these seasonal treats into your diet for a smile-friendly boost of vitamins and minerals that support healthy teeth and gums. 

3. Do a Dental Care Detox

Just as you declutter your living space, detox your dental care supplies. Check the expiration dates on your oral care products. If you haven’t replaced your toothbrush, make sure to get a new one. Matted-down bristles are ineffective at cleaning your teeth. 

4. Protect Your Smile in Fall Sports

Fall is a prime time for outdoor activities and sports. Remember to wear a mouthguard if you’re participating in any sports involving contact or impact. Protecting your teeth from potential injuries is just as important as enjoying the game. We can create a customized one for you that fits your mouth perfectly and offers better protection than store-bought ones.

5. Stick to a Routine

Make sure good oral care habits are part of your daily regimen. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes and floss at least once. Consider adding a fluoride mouthrinse as well. 

This October, as you enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons, don’t forget to pay attention to your oral health. In addition to a checkup, it’s also a perfect time of year to discuss your smile goals. So, if you are ready to improve the beauty of your smile, come in and we’ll discuss the changes you’d like to make.

Call Briarwood Valley Dentistry in Kalamazoo, MI at 269-349-3203 for an appointment.