The nighttime is the right time to pay close attention to maintaining your dental health. That’s because, while you sleep, bacteria gather on your teeth, and without prevention, can cause problems.
But there are a number of things you can do to maintain optimum dental health, even at night. Here are a few tips to get your mouth through the night.
Brush your teeth
The simple step of brushing your teeth before bed can pay big dividends. But you’ll want to be sure you brush the right way. According to EveryDay Health, “The best way to clean your teeth is to brush back and forth gently in short strokes. Brush the outer tooth surfaces first, then the inner tooth surfaces, followed by the chewing surfaces. To clean the backs of your front teeth, use the tip of the brush and stroke gently up and down.” You could also switch to an electric toothbrush. But be sure you get one with an oscillating head.
Flossing your teeth can do you a lot of good. “Flossing removes food particles and plaque buildup while it’s still soft. If this debris stays on the teeth, bacteria will increase throughout the night and feed off them while you’re sleeping. Furthermore, if the plaque is allowed to harden, it will turn into tartar, and tartar can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist during a professional cleaning,” according to EveryDay Health.
Rinsing with mouthwash can help with more than just your breath, that is, if you choose a therapeutic mouthwash According to EveryDay Health, “Rinsing with a therapeutic mouthwash before bed will help keep your teeth free of plaque and cavities and your gums safe from gingivitis. On the contrary, most commercial, over-the-counter mouthwashes — known as cosmetic mouthwashes — are designed to mask bad breath and they won’t do much to contribute to your oral health.”