What you do with your teeth right before you go to bed is often the most important oral health routine of the day. Skimping on brushing or flossing before bed can be very bad for your teeth, because saliva production drops and the bacteria in your mouth will do more damage at night than during the day. If you don’t brush your teeth before bed, the bacteria that are always in your mouth will eat the food particles left over from your dinner, and as this bacteria excretes highly acidic waste, your enamel will wear down and lead to tooth decay.
Not matter how tired you are, always brush before bed. Even if you do just a lazy job of brushing, it is better than no brushing at all. Please don’t take this to mean that you can be lazy every night when brushing and you’ll be O.K. You need to maintain a good habit of thorough brushing and flossing every day to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Floss, floss, floss
Despite the ‘flossgate’ article that claims flossing doesn’t do any good, we stand by our conviction that flossing will help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease. Food particles that get trapped between your teeth that aren’t removed by brushing aren’t just idly sitting there doing no harm. Those food particles are also food for bacteria that will cause cavities, harden to plaque and tartar, and cause inflammation of your gums.
The Most Devout to Their Oral Health will Also Incorporate a Waterpik
The waterpik is a great device that shoots pressure water between your teeth. It should not be substituted for flossing! In fact, we think brushing in conjunction with flossing and using a waterpik is the best combination you can use for great oral health. If you rinse with mouthwash at the end, then you are well on your way for a lifetime of good oral health!
Don’t Forget Semi-Annual Teeth Cleanings
You should see your dentist at least twice a year for professional teeth cleanings. If you want to find out how better you can take care of your teeth and gums, call Mint Dental now for an appointment.