Why Is Nighttime Oral Hygiene Important?

We know that you understand why it’s important to brush your teeth in the morning. No one wants to greet the day with fuzzy teeth and bad breath, especially with bad breath. But why is it important for you to brush your teeth before you go to bed at night? Everyday Health reported that, “nighttime oral hygiene is important because while we’re sleeping, we’re not swallowing, so the bacteria in our mouths increase throughout the night. The nighttime goal is to avoid giving the bacteria anything to break down and feed off.”

While your reasons for brushing your teeth at night may differ from your reasons to brush in the morning, the routine should still be relatively the same. Brushing your teeth before bed will help protect them from plaque build up and tooth decay.  The correct method of brushing your teeth, according to the American Dental Association, is to brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes. The ADA suggests brushing the outer tooth surfaces first, then working your way through the inner tooth surfaces and the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Flossing is step number 2 in your nighttime oral care routine. I know you’re thinking, “floss? No one has time for that!” Well I admit I’m not the most avid flosser, but I do try my best to get it done at least once a day—and I’ve never had a single cavity!  Everyday Health explains that, “cleaning between your teeth with floss allows you to reach plaque that you can’t remove with a toothbrush. Flossing at least once a day will also help prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Flossing is important because it enables you to remove plaque while it’s still soft. Once the plaque hardens and forms tartar, only a professional cleaning by a hygienist or dentist can remove it. Patients who are very susceptible to gum disease or tartar buildup may want to consider flossing twice a day.”

Finally, we have the mouthwashing step. Rinsing with a therapeutic mouthwash will help keep your breath fresh, your teeth plaque- and cavity-free, and your gums safe from gingivitis. When you need to schedule an appointment, feel free to call Artistic Touch Dentistry and schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Brazdo or Dr. Janice Wahl!


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