Your 'Must Do' List For Spring!

Welcome to Atlanta where when it’s spring, the air turns yellow and everyone starts sneezing and sniffling. Hello, Spring!! Just kidding...kind of. That is all still very true, but spring is so much more than just pollen and sneezing - it is a time to start fresh and new and it’s a time to finally enjoy the beautiful Atlanta weather! The weather does not show that it is spring yet, for the most part - we’ve had a couple of warm days lately, but not many - but I’ve already heard more birds chirping and I’ve seen some blooming plants, so far. I think everyone is very excited about warmer weather and fun spring activities to come - I know I am!



Every spring, I always have the urge to do all of the spring things. Picking strawberries, going on bike rides, etc. but I never do the necessary tasks, like spring cleaning and taking my allergy medicine because they just are not fun. It can be easy to focus on the things that we want to do, but when we avoid the things that we need to do, that is never good. Here is a must do list for spring (the things that you NEED to do):

Spring Cleaning
Everyone is so busy enjoying the beautiful weather and they just do not make time for spring cleaning - myself included. According to The Spruce, “One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you don't need. Now is a good time to advantage of the natural spring urge to get rid of items that are weighing you down and begin fresh with a more streamlined lifestyle. A systematic four-step approach to identifying problems, analyzing reasons, determining solutions, and implementing remedies can be extremely productive at this time of year. Sorting your belongings into four categories—trash, give-away, store, or put-way—can also be effective as you begin the spring-cleaning process. Now is a great time to plan a garage sale or to donate items to good causes. Cleaning will be a lot easier when the clutter is gone.” Another huge tip is to get an all-purpose cleaner that will work for everything! I love using Branch Basics because it is non-toxic and it really works, too! They give you one concentrate and you can split them up into different bottles for the bathroom, laundry, all-purpose, streak-free, etc. but my tip is to use all of the bottles for all-purpose (or bathroom - because it’s stronger) cleaners and then use the laundry one for laundry.



Dental Appointments
Dental appointments are just another one of those things that you don’t want to do, but you should surely do it, to prevent future damage. Going to the dentist is so important to make sure that your gums are teeth are strong and healthy! Your mouth is the pathway to your body, so going to the dentist every six months is essential, and you also need to make sure you are doing all that you can do incorporate good preventative care in between your appointments.

Dr. Gary Simms with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC recommends using a soft to a medium toothbrush. When you are brushing, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion using small, gentle strokes in order to brush the outside surface of your teeth. Don’t forget to floss, as well! Periodontal disease usually appears between your teeth, where the toothbrush cannot reach, so flossing is a great way to remove plaque from those hard to reach surfaces. 



While preventative care in between appointments is essential, you need a professional cleaning every six months to get a deep clean. If you are in the Metro-Atlanta area, I highly recommend checking out Dr. Simms at Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. Dr. Simms and his team believe in providing comprehensive care and treatments that address both your short and long-term dental care needs in an honest, judgment-free environment. Dr. Gary Simms believes in conservative, preventative dentistry and his goal is to increase the longevity of his patients' teeth (and happiness!). 

So, take advantage of the pollen in the air and go to your dental appointment during the spring since it will be indoors! 


Hike

Okay, I know that I’ve talked a lot about the pollen and how this is a ‘not fun’ list, but please remember to take advantage of the weather, get outside, and sweat a little bit! Hiking is the perfect way to see Atlanta during the spring when the trees and plants are blooming and everything is just so gorgeous. I love hiking Kennesaw Mountain - it’s a pretty tough hike, but still easy enough that almost anyone can do it. The view is great, as well!

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