One thing that you’re probably tempted to do after a long day is to hit the sack. Before you do so, however, don’t forget to clean your teeth to keep them well protected as you sleep. Doing so helps you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.
These are some reminders regarding teeth cleaning before you retire:
Brush and Floss Before Going to Bed
One of the worst things you can do to your teeth is to neglect to brush before retiring for the day. If you leave plaque and food particles inside your mouth, bacteria will flourish and eat at your teeth while you’re asleep. This situation could quickly turn into oral problems such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Thus, it’s vital to “sweep away” plaque buildup over the course of the day using a quality toothbrush and toothpaste.
On top of brushing, don’t forget to floss. Flossing can eliminate hard-to-reach plaque that could irritate your gums during the night and cause tooth decay between your teeth.
Don’t Eat After Cleaning Your Teeth
Resist the temptation to munch on a late night snack after brushing and flossing. If you eat after cleaning your teeth, the acid from the bacteria in your food will attack your gums and teeth while you sleep. So, finish the food that you want to eat before you clean your teeth and call it a night.
Wear a Nightguard (For Teeth Grinders)
Grinding can wear down your teeth and lead to serious problems such as a TMJ disease. If you have a mouthguard, be sure to wear it every night. If you don’t have one, but suspect that you have the symptoms of teeth grinding, you need to get a mouthguard.
Moreover, if you’re not sure whether you’re grinding your teeth during the night, schedule an appointment with a dentist from a reliable dental practice, such as Family First Dental. A dentist should be able to know if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth.
Proper brushing and flossing, wearing a mouthguard, and not eating after cleaning the teeth can help you keep your teeth protected while you’re sound asleep. When you wake up, remember to brush your teeth to eliminate the bacteria that may have formed in your mouth overnight.