Protect Your Smile Before You Sleep

You probably know how important it is to brush your teeth every morning and night, but did you know that many people don’t brush as effectively as they could? In fact, some people consistently miss parts of their mouth altogether. This lets plaque and bacteria work in their mouth overnight. Fortunately, by establishing a few solid oral hygiene habits you can enjoy a healthy smile while you sleep.

One of the most important parts of brushing your teeth is having the right toothbrush. Specifically, you want a toothbrush with a head that isn’t too big for your mouth. In fact, you should be able to navigate your toothbrush easily while brushing. Similarly, you should also have bristles that aren’t too hard. If you do, you could accidentally damage your teeth.

Another common brushing mistake comes from brushing for too long or for not brushing long enough. Please remember to brush for at least two minutes at a time. You may want to consider dividing your mouth into four quarters and brushing each quarter for thirty seconds. However, also note that you shouldn’t brush your teeth for much longer than two minutes. If you brush too long, you could actually damage your teeth.

You should also remember to brush before you go to bed and after you wake up. While it takes several hours for tartar to form, it’s still a good idea to brush in the morning even though you haven’t eaten for several hours.

If you follow these steps—and remember to use mouthwash and floss—you can rest assured knowing your smile is well cared for. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us.