Best Night Time Oral Care Routine
Do you want to learn the secret of great oral health?
It's quite simple and almost anyone can do it.
All you have to do to keep your teeth healthy and white is brush them every day and go to regular dentist visits for preventive care.
These are the simple basics of a great smile.
Of course, the products you are using, the brushing technique, and so on, can influence the effectiveness of your oral hygiene.
So, let's take a look at what you should do every night to ensure that your teeth are healthy and cavity-free.
Why Brushing Your Teeth at Night Matters
One study found that 31% of Americans don't regularly brush their teeth two times a day. Moreover, about 2% of Americans admit to not brushing their teeth at all. And, when it comes to night brushing, the study also found that a lot of people tend to skip it.
But, here's the thing: going to bed without cleaning your teeth can have serious repercussions on your oral health.
Whenever you eat, the bacteria in your mouth feed on the food particles that get stuck to your teeth. As they do this, they produce acid that attacks the tooth enamel. If you don't brush your teeth at night, the food particles will turn into plaque that is filled with bacteria. Over time, the plaque will harden and turn into tartar, increasing the risks of cavities and gum disease.
Tips for a Good Night-Time Oral Care Routine
Here are a few simple tips that can help establish a great nighttime oral care routine.
Make sure to floss every night to get out the bacteria hidden in between your teeth. If it stays there for too long, the food particles will turn into plaque and the tartar and affect your oral health. Try to floss before brushing your teeth to avoid pushing the bacteria and plaque further into the gums.
Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush so that you can apply enough force without irritating your gums. Opt for a fluoride toothpaste to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. Learn how to properly brush and floss. For example, you should hold the toothbrush at a 45 degrees angle and clean all surfaces of the tooth with swiping motions. And, when you floss, you should make a C shape with the string to make sure you get all the particles stuck in between your teeth.
You can ask your dentist for tips on how to properly brush and floss your teeth.
- Use an Electric Toothbrush
While a regular toothbrush can be perfectly fine, an electric one can help you remove plaque more efficiently and clean your teeth better.
- Use a Waterpik
A waterpik can help you clean some of the harder-to-reach areas and take teeth cleaning to another level.
Don't Forget About Regular Dentist Visits
In addition to establishing a good and consistent nighttime oral care routine, you should also schedule regular appointments with Dr. Robert Landman at Landman Dentistry by the Lake, PLLC.
All you have to do is contact us today to schedule your next appointment.