Why You Shouldn’t Skip Pre-Bed Tooth Brushing

Man sleeping after brushing his teeth

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to lose track of and forget important daily tasks such as brushing your teeth before bed. However, there are some very good reasons why your dentist recommends brushing your teeth before bed. You may think brushing your teeth when you wake up in the morning is enough to clean and protect your teeth and gums, but nighttime brushing is essential for great oral health.

Prevent bacteria build-up

Within the human mouth resides countless numbers of bacteria and proper oral hygiene helps reduce and prevent the build-up of those bacteria. Bacteria in the mouth are normal and necessary for oral health, but when they accumulate and start feeding off the food particles left on and between teeth, that bacteria corrodes enamel and leads to tooth decay.

Avoid serious damage

When bacteria build up without removal, it can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums. Without proper oral hygiene and dental cleanings, plaque and tartar can cause cavities, gum disease and other health issues. When you don’t brush your teeth before bed, you’re undermining your oral health because at night, your teeth and mouth are at rest, and there isn’t the same saliva production that happens during the day. Without enough saliva, your mouth has fewer defenses against damage because it can’t wash away bacteria as effectively.

Clear you palate

You’ve probably heard about clearing your palate, but brushing right before bed literally accomplishes that by removing all of the food particles on your teeth that bacteria like to feed off of. Removing that food the bacteria thrives on means it can’t reproduce as easily and has less effect on your teeth and gums. By brushing away food residue and bacteria before bed, you cut down on the large window of time bacteria has to build up and cause damage if you didn’t brush at that time.

Improve oral health

Making a thorough tooth-brushing part of your routine every night before bed helps improve and protect your oral health and staves off bacteria build up. When brushing before bed, make sure it’s the last thing you do and avoid any middle of the night snacks. If you do eat later in the night for some reason, brushing your teeth again is the best course of action.

Boost your oral health with nightly brushing and protect your smile for a lifetime with the experienced dentistry of Chianese Dental.

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