Creating a nightly routine is an important step in establishing good oral health. After all, consistent brushing and flossing and keeping a healthy diet are ways to keep your smile healthy and bright.
Why Your Nightly Routine Is So Important
When we go to sleep, our bodies create less saliva. This means our mouths are unable to wash away any bacteria that grow in the middle of the night. Having as little bacteria in your mouth as possible to start is a great way to ensure that you won’t develop any dental issues in the long run. Set aside a half an hour for your nightly routine to give you enough time to settle into bed.
1. Stop Eating 2-3 Hours Before Bed
A pre-bedtime snack always sounds tempting, but there are many reasons why you shouldn’t eat right before bed. Our digestive systems slow down when we’re asleep, so your body won’t be able to properly digest what you just ate. Eating before bed without brushing your teeth means more particles for bacteria to feed on, especially if you’ve eaten anything sweet or sticky to wear down your tooth enamel.
2. Brush Thoroughly
Don’t rush this step! Take time to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, using tiny circles to break up the plaque and bacteria.
Many people skip this step, but it isn’t wise to do so. Brushing does most of the work, but it doesn’t remove anything between the tight spaces between your teeth like floss can.
4. Rinse Properly
Take time to swish some water around your mouth after brushing and flossing to ensure that you’ve gotten rid of all of the bacteria from you mouth before going to sleep.
5. Keep Water By the Bed
In case you’re tempted to eat or drink anything before bed, reach for a glass of water. Chances are it’ll kill any late night cravings you may have!
Sticking with your nightly routine will have plenty of benefits in the long run for your smile and can prevent painful and costly procedures. It is also important to also schedule routine cleanings and exams with your dentist twice a year. Our team at Williamsville Family Dentistry is happy to assist you with your dental care. Contact us to schedule an appointment!