When you think about it, there really is no one-size-fits-all dental treatment and some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year, while others may require more time in that comfy reclining chair (I tend to fall asleep during my cleanings).

But just how often you get your teeth cleaned varies upon your gum health. Dentists often recommend that people with healthy gums should have cleanings at least once and ideally, twice a year, depending upon the accumulation of stain and tartar. And those with any ongoing issues, like periodontal disease, may need to get their teeth cleaned more often in order to prevent the recurrence of infection or disease.

To take advantage of the spring cleaning buzz that sweeps through us during the next few months, LifeZette spoke with Dr. Jeffrey Rappaport, a general dentist and co-founder of Afora in New York City, to find out why we should include oral health care as part of our spring cleaning.

Here are the top eight reasons your mouth needs a fresh cleaning:

1.) Check expiration datesYou may not realize it, but oral products do have expiration dates. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to check your bottles of mouthwash and tubes of toothpaste and toss if they are past their expiration dates.

2.) Swap out toothbrushes. Change your toothbrush with the seasons — especially after flu season. Bacteria that’s trapped in your toothbrush can reintroduce illness to your body, so spring is the ideal time to head to the store and purchase all new brushes for your household.

3.) Get relief from respiratory problems. With spring comes allergies. Keeping up with your oral hygiene can help alleviate some sinus symptoms and help you breathe easier.

4.) Commit to brushing twice a day. Eating Easter sweets that are high in sugar (jelly beans, Cadbury eggs and Peeps, oh my!) are harmful to those pearly whites. Brushing your teeth twice daily will help avoid cavities.


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