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Is It Really Important to Brush Before Bed?

Posted on 3/25/2020 by Thomas Wold, DMD
It's the end of the day, you've been at work all day, and you're exhausted. You think about your bedtime routine and then think about how tired you are. You think to yourself, “Taking a break from brushing my teeth for just one night will be okay, right?” You decide to skip brushing and hit the hay. We've all been here before. Following up with your nightly routine after a hard day is difficult sometimes. However, skipping brushing at night is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health. Choosing not to brush at night puts you at risk for all kinds of oral health issues. Of course, missing your nightly brush one time isn't going to cause you to wake up the next day with gum disease or rotting teeth. But, doing it continually will. Why Brushing Before Bed Is NecessaryBrushing twice a day is important, but when you choose to brush is also important. The reason brushing before bedtime is so important is that it gets rid of bacteria. If not brushed away before bed, this bacterium will sit on your teeth all night. When bacteria sit on your teeth for long periods of time, they eat your teeth's enamel. Getting into the habit of not brushing before bed can cause severe enamel damage. Done enough, it can even cause tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing before bed removes any food in your mouth that the bacteria can eat. Leftover food can cause bacteria to multiply very quickly. It's important to take care of your teeth in the right way. Even though you may spend the time to brushing your teeth twice a day, it could be a wasted effort. Get the most out of your brushing time by brushing before bed. It'll help your teeth stay strong and healthy. Give us a call if you'd like to learn more about dental care....

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