We sleep for 6-8 hours a night on average and a lot can happen during that time. When we sleep, bacteria collect on our teeth. However, you don’t have to let this pasty plaque ruin a good night’s sleep. Here are some nighttime tips for improving your oral health.
Eat healthy snacks– If you like a light snack before bed, make it a healthy one. Apples are great for your teeth because they keep your mouth moist by promoting the production of saliva. In turn, this will ensure that food particles do not build up on your teeth.
Brush your teeth before bed– By brushing your teeth before you head to bed at night, this will help to ensure your teeth are protected against plaque buildup as well as gum disease and tooth decay.
Use a correct brushing technique– Many people don’t think twice about how they are brushing their teeth. Believe it or not, there is a correct way to brush your teeth. You should hold your toothbrush pointed down towards your gums and brush your teeth with short, round motions.
Use the correct toothbrush– One of the best toothbrushes to use is an electric one because they are designed to efficiently get rid of plaque on your teeth. However, if you are using a regular toothbrush, choose one that has soft bristles. Only use a toothbrush for a maximum of three months and then replace it with a new one.
After brushing your teeth, floss them– Brushing your teeth isn’t enough because floss is designed to get rid of food particles and plaque buildup while it is still soft. Once plaque gets hard, it transforms into tartar, which needs to be removed professionally.
Swish with mouthwash– Many people think that mouthwash is just for freshening your breath but mouthwash does so much more. Mouthwashes are made with ingredients that are designed to strengthen your teeth. By swishing with mouthwash before bed, your teeth will stay free of plaque buildup.