Do You Really Need to Brush Before Going to Bed?

Should you really brush your teeth before you go to bed at night? We believe it is important to clean your teeth before you go to bed, as a lot can happen in eight hours, or when you are sleeping. Not only can bacteria and plaque accumulate on the teeth, it can lead to the formation of tartar and decay. That is why we believe brushing before bedtime should be done regularly.

How Brushing Is Helpful

When you brush your teeth before you go to sleep, you prevent the buildup of plaque, which leads to gum disease and cavities. If you tend to have problems with cavities or gum disease, we suggest that you brush after dinner and again before you go to sleep at night. To make sure your tooth brushing routine works well, you need to use good form when you brush. Begin by brushing the outside tooth surfaces, using short back-and-forth motions. Follow, in the same way on the inside teeth. Next, brush the chewing surfaces. To brush the back of your front teeth, apply the tip of your toothbrush, gently using and up-and-down stroke.

Some Tips that Will Make Your Brushing Routine More Successful

If you have problem with manual dexterity or you want to ensure you clean all your teeth, you might consider using an electric toothbrush. Usually, this type of dental aid removes dental plaque more effectively than a manual style brush. Use a brush that is comfortable to hold and simple to use. The electric brush head should feature a rotating-oscillating movement. Also, always floss before you go to bed. Doing so will reduce the accumulation of plaque overnight. If the plaque hardens, it can turn into tartar, which can only be removed with a professional prophylaxis or cleaning. We suggest you floss in the morning too. Follow up brushing and flossing by rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash or a mouth rinse that contains fluoride.

Whether you need pointers for brushing your teeth or schedule a cleaning or exam, we are here to provide you with the dental support you need. Contact us today with any inquiries you may have and to schedule a consultation, if you have not done so already with our office. We can answer any dental questions you may have.