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Bedtime Routines for Better Dental Health

In a single day, on average, a person eats at least three major meals, talks about 13,000 to 20,000 words, and consumes 76.7 grams of sugar. With all these activities that involve your mouth, taking care of your dental health is indispensable. In just 8 hours, your mouth can accumulate enough bacteria that can potentially harm your teeth and gums. Children are often reminded to brush their teeth before going to bed or some creepy creature may disturb their sleep. Growing up, we realize that the real horror is not the monster under our bed, but the bacteria lurking in the cavities of our teeth, ready to cause us discomfort in the coming days without us knowing it. Remember that maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a choice. Choose to have better dental health just before you hit the sack with these following tips. It's rather easy to make these your nightly routine!

Brush your teeth before going to bed

This may seem to be generic oral care advice, but it’s because it’s vital to dental health and applies to all ages and sexes. Brushing your teeth nightly before sleeping should become a nighttime ritual. Considering how fast your mouth can accumulate bacteria build-up, brushing before going to work and before your sleep is a must. Brushing at night is equally important, if not more, since your mouth is at rest during the night. Saliva is a natural agent to wash out bacteria and food particles to prevent your mouth from smelling too much. During sleep, your saliva dries up, causing the bacteria to stay and multiply throughout the night! By brushing your teeth, you can prevent bacteria from multiplying too fast and also clean the food deposits from your teeth.

Be thorough in your brushing techniques

Proper brushing involves the right strokes and length of time you should be brushing your teeth. As a rule of thumb many say we should be brush our teeth for at least two minutes, but the length of time is only part of the solution. You also have to make sure you are using the right techniques. Using the proper brush strokes is equally important, if not more, than the length of time spent brushing. Brushing correctly for one minute is better than brushing the wrong way for two minutes. Correct brush strokes begin at a 45 degree angle to the gums, then move the brush back and forth in teeth-wide strokes. Be sure to do this in all parts of your teeth, cheeks, and tongue for thorough cleaning.

Flossing

Sometimes, our toothbrush isn't enough to remove food particles that may be stuck in the hard to reach corners of our teeth. Though it may seem to be a waste of time, flossing is equally important as brushing since it gets rid of hard to reach food particles that would not be reached by a toothbrush. Dental floss helps in getting rid of food particles when it's in between teeth yet still soft and easy to remove. If ignored, these food particles will harden and along with bacteria and other components, it turns into tartar.

Prevent Teeth Grinding

Of all the negative dental habits, teeth grinding is the only one you can't stop doing because it is done while you're sleeping soundly. Damaged tooth enamel, teeth sensitivity, and torn cheek tissues are just few of the problems you may experience as an effect of teeth grinding. Although there is no exact way to stop this, you can always use a mouthguard to protect your teeth and cheeks. Concluding the day with a good teeth brushing and flossing is a perfect way to have a peaceful night's sleep knowing you are preventing future damage to your teeth. Doing these simple yet very necessary routine tasks will help you spare yourself from severe dental problems in the future. As a premier dentist in Raleigh NC, VPreston Dental, knows that nothing beats prevention. For additional information about the preventive measures to save your teeth, read this article by eHow.com about good dental practices.