Voorhees Dentist Shares Nighttime Oral Care Tips
During the eight hours that you sleep, a lot happens within your mouth. Bacteria gather on the teeth and bad breath sets in. Here are some tips to help you deal with the nighttime hours.
Brush Those Teeth
Right before bed, you should brush your teeth. This protects you from gum disease, plaque buildup and tooth decay. If you want some added protection, brush your teeth after dinner and then again at bedtime.
Make sure you use the proper strokes for brushing. By moving your toothbrush back and forth with short strokes, you have the best chance of removing buildup. Get each surface of each tooth clean and then clean your tongue as well.
If you have trouble brushing your teeth, invest in an electric toothbrush. The oscillation makes it efficient at cleaning hard to reach areas.
Floss, Floss, Floss
Most people don’t floss on a regular basis, but it is so important to do every day. If you allow that debris to sit between the teeth, you are asking for trouble. Every night before bed, make sure you take the time to floss. If you want added protection, do it in the morning as well.
Rinse Your Mouth
Mouthwash doesn’t just make your breath smell great; it has some strengthening qualities as well. Rinsing your mouth with therapeutic mouthwash just before bed helps to reduce bacteria and improve your oral health. If you are unsure which mouthwash is right for you, speak to your dentist.
If you know that teeth grinding is an issue for you, then you might be experiencing sensitivity, worn out enamel and torn up soft tissues of the mouth. It is easy to be fitted with a mouth guard that will prevent future damage from occurring during the sleeping hours.
Most importantly, you want to see your dentist on a regular basis. These checkups are an important part of your overall oral health. Not only will you receive a professional cleaning, but you’ll also have access to all the knowledge you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Talk to your Voorhees dentist about concerns you have during the day or night. Our office can be reached at (856) 346-8900.