Nighttime Oral Hygiene

nighttime oral hygieneKeeping your oral health top notch is not just important during the day.  Your mouth needs protection at night too. Nighttime oral hygiene is especially important because we don’t swallow when we are asleep.  You don’t want to give the bacteria in your mouth things to feed off of during the night.

The three basic steps to nighttime oral hygiene are brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. Brushing protects your teeth from plaque buildup. You should use a soft bristled with toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Be sure to brush right before you go to bed. But if you are more susceptible to dental disease, you may want to brush after you eat dinner as well.

Flossing between teeth allows you to reach plaque that can’t be removed by brushing. Flossing should be done twice a day especially if you are more susceptible to gum disease.

Rinsing with a therapeutic mouthwash helps to keep your teeth plaque and cavity free.  It also helps to keep breath fresh. Be sure to rinse before going to sleep.

A Guide To Nighttime Oral Care|Everyday Health