It’s really important that you take care of your teeth at night. Why is that? Well, let’s say that you sleep eight hours. That’s the longest that you’ll go without introducing anything new in there that can be washed away. It’s also allowing plenty of time for bacteria to grow and attack your enamel and gums. You want to set up the best defense for the long haul… and also set yourself up to have a great morning.
The best thing is that you won’t have to deviate from your normal routine, for the most part. It’s just things that you should have been doing all along.
Brush Your Teeth
You need to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Each time, you need to follow proper brushing form, getting each quadrant for 30 seconds each. Be mindful while you do this. If you daydream, then that can lead to sloppy brushing and missed areas. Count out the time in your head. This should be done with a toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste.
Use an electric toothbrush if you can. It does most of the work. If you use a rechargeable one, make sure that the charge is always strong. The same goes for ones with regular batteries. When it becomes immediately obvious that the bristles are spinning slower, change to a fresh battery or batteries. A weaker brush doesn’t do the job that it should and can lead to a false sense of security.
Doing this is a really good safeguard at night. You’ll be removing food that is stuck between your teeth and can wind up decaying and causing all kinds of dental disease. If you go to a store, it can seem like there’s an overwhelming amount of choices: waxed.. unwaxed, mint. Just pick the one that works best for you and be sure to use the proper technique.
There are also dental picks that hold the floss for you – though that may not reach all the areas of your mouth. Oral irrigators have become popular, too, but can be too expensive for some.
You might see some bleeding at first if you haven’t flossed in a while. That will go away if you stay on a regular flossing schedule.
Use A Mouthwash
Some companies are even making fluoride rinse mouthwashes that are designed to improve the state of your teeth overnight. Make sure that this is the last liquid you put in your mouth before bed. It can strengthen enamel and make your teeth look healthier and shinier over time.
Another reason to use mouthwash is to rid your mouth of bacteria. Be careful though, overdoing it with it right before a dentist’s appointment in an attempt to “fool” them, can backfire. The mouthwashes have alcohol in them and can dry out your mouth… which can then lead to telltale bad breath. Just do as the directions on the container says.
Don’t Grind Your Teeth
This one may be easier said than done at first. There are plenty of reasons that people grind their teeth at night when they sleep. Stress is a big reason. It can be from their job or their personal life. If moving or changing careers is not an option, then there are ways to change it. A sleepguard may be the best thing – it’s a mouthguard that keeps the upper and lower jaw from touching. That means no grinding, no sore jaw the next day and a much better mood!
If you think that you’re grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. They will examine you and come up with the proper solution.
Have Regular Check-ups
Despite your best efforts, you can’t be sure that you’re keeping your teeth 100% healthy. There are things that can slip through the cracks and only dentists or hygienists can keep it from progressing to gingivitis, which can be reversed, to periodontitis, which needs dental intervention from running rampant and causing tooth loss, among other things.
So you need to get into the dentist’s chair at least twice a year and have them thoroughly examine your mouth for any gum disease or oral cancer and give your a cleaning.
While all of these may seem like common sense things, there are some who think that they can get by with skipping some of these. Sure, it may work for the very short term, but things have a way of compounding very quickly. Take care of your mouth regularly and you’ll be rewarded with healthy teeth and gums. Make your sleeping life a dream, not a nightmare.
The staff at Dental Emergency Room can help you in two ways. They can get you back on track if you have a situation arise from not doing the above or they can be your regular dentists and do routine cleanings to keep everything looking fresh and sparkly. Make an appointment today! Call 727-449-2424.