Improve Your Oral Health Overnight 

A lot of different things can go on inside your mouth in an eight-hour window, particularly when you are asleep which allows bacteria to collect and multiply on the surfaces of your teeth. There is no need to let the image of harmful cavities, plaque, gingivitis, or tartar prevent you from getting a full night of sleep. There are a lot of different ways to look out for your oral well-being while you get your eight hours in. 

Listed below are some suggestions on how to take care of your teeth while you’re asleep:

Brush Before Bed 

Making sure that you brush your teeth before you turn in for the night helps to safeguard them against gum disease, tooth decay, and plaque buildup. If you are especially vulnerable to gum disease and cavities, dental professionals advise that you brush your teeth directly after your last meal (or snack, as the case may be), and then brush them again right before you actually go to bed.

Use Proper Technique 

According to dental professionals, the ideal way to brush your teeth is to use a back and forth motion in gentle, short strokes. Brush the outside surfaces of your teeth first, then brush the inside surfaces of your teeth. The last thing to get brushed should be the chewing surfaces of your teeth. To properly clean the backside of the front teeth, take the tip of your toothbrush and move it carefully up and down.

Don’t Forget to Floss

Improve Your Oral Health Overnight 

Flossing dislodges bits of loose food and eliminates plaque accumulation while it is still soft enough to be removed without the aid of a dentist. If these particles of loose food and plaque are allowed to accumulate on and in between your teeth, then bacteria will multiply while you are asleep and your oral health issues can actually worsen while you are asleep. 

Additionally, if the plaque on your teeth is left to get hard, it then turns into tartar, which is something that can only be eliminated by a professional, like a dentist or a dental hygienist. Only flossing right before bed is okay for the majority of people, but if you are susceptible to tartar build-up or to gum disease, dental professionals advise that you floss after you brush your teeth in the morning as well as before you go to bed at night.

Always Use Mouthwash 

Mouthwash serves more uses than just freshening your breath. There are therapeutic mouthwashes on the market that are made with select ingredients that are designed to reinforce your teeth and assist in treating specific oral health problems. Rinsing thoroughly with one of these therapeutic mouthwashes before you go to sleep will make sure your teeth are void of cavities and plaque. 

Your teeth have to be properly maintained if you want to keep your smile both beautiful and functional. The cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Curtis L. Chan, DDS will help you obtain the beautiful smile you have always wanted and ensure that your teeth remain strong and your mouth stays healthy. 

For more information on procedures frequently used in cosmetic dentistry and your overall oral health, contact our Del Mar dental office at (858) 481-9090 to schedule an appointment.

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