Night-time oral care can be as important as the oral care you practice during the day. That’s right, your dental and oral health routine doesn’t necessarily stop when you go to bed. To get your mouth through the evening in a healthy manner, follow the tips described below.
Do You Grind Your Teeth?
You might be grinding your teeth at night if you experience torn cheek tissue, increased tooth sensitivity, or worn tooth enamel. A mouthguard (made by your dentist) may help to protect your teeth against night-time grinding.
Use Mouthwash Before You Go to Bed at Night
When you want to fight bad breath, you use mouthwash. But, certain oral health conditions and the strengthening of teeth can be beneficial side effects attributed to certain mouthwash brands, as well. Check with your dentist as to which therapeutic rinse (as opposed to a cosmetic mouthwash) is best.
Make Sure You Floss
While they are still soft, food particles should be removed from teeth by flossing. This discourages the buildup of plaque. Plaque turns to tartar which can only be removed during a professional cleaning by a dentist. Floss in the morning as well as right before bed.
Brushing Before Bed Is Essential
One of the best ways to protect against gum disease, tooth decay, and plaque buildup is to, before you lay your head on that pillow, brush your teeth thoroughly. It won’t hurt to brush right after your last meal of the day, which is probably dinner or dessert, and then again right before you go to sleep. And when brushing before bed, make sure to pay attention to the next two tips.
Using an Electric Toothbrush
Better than a traditional toothbrush, a more efficient way removing of plaque from your teeth is with an electric toothbrush head that oscillates and/or rotates. In addition to the rotating and oscillating head, make sure your choice of electric toothbrush is easy to use and comfortable to hold.
Practice Good Brushing Form and Procedure
Brushing isn’t enough. You must use the proper technique or form when brushing. Short strokes, gently back and forth – this is the way to go. First the outer tooth surfaces should be brushed. The inner tooth surfaces are next. Gently stroke up and down, using the tip of the brush, to clean the back of your front teeth. And you wrap the whole thing up by brushing your chewing surfaces.
Always See Your Dentist on a Regular Basis
By now, one would think that this goes without saying. But many individuals never seem to get around to scheduling, or attending, regular visits with their dentist. Find a dentist you like and check in with them every six months, or as often as is recommended by the dentist you choose.
Dentists like Dr. Alex Rubinov are more than happy to assist you when it comes to advice such as the proper method of night-time oral care. When it comes to advice and your dental procedures, we offer full transparency and disclosure. Never be in the dark about your dental condition or treatments. If you would like to ask any questions regarding your dental condition or schedule a checkup or appointment, please contact us today.