At Best Natural Smile, we strongly encourage our patients to maintain a strong oral hygiene regimen at home, but we know you're human. While you always have the best of intentions, we understand that sometimes things just fall through - and that's ok. Everyone has a slip-up once in a while, and occasionally skipping your nighttime brushing routine is ok. But making a habit of it can have some dangerous consequences.
The Importance of Nighttime Brushing
The problem is that as we sleep, our metabolism and saliva production slow drastically. This means your mouth can't clean itself like it does during the day, and it creates an environment ripe for bacteria to grow and proliferate - particularly if they've got sugary food morsels to feed on. These bacteria then produce acids that eat away at the enamel of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
Maximizing Your Nightly Routine
Thankfully, this is easy to avoid. Here are four simple steps to make your nightly oral hygiene routine as effective as possible:
1. Brush & Floss Before Your Sleep: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently for two full minutes, making sure to get every surface of the teeth.
2. Don't Forget the Rest: It's not just teeth you need to brush - be sure to get your tongue and the roof of your mouth, as well.
3. Floss: This is absolutely vital. Without flossing, you're leaving upwards of 30% of the tooth surface uncleaned and ripe for cavities!
4. Stay Strong: After you've brushed, no more eating for the night! Even just one more cookie will ruin all your hard work, and you'll need to go through the routine again.
Contact Your Santa Monica, CA Restorative Dentist
Have more questions about brushing or your dental health in general? We're happy to answer them! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Santa Monica, CA practice. We can't wait to hear from you, and don't forget to check back to this blog periodically for updates on all things related to dental health!