You know the recommendation to brush at least twice a day. Do you know that it is also important to brush your teeth before going to bed? Do you know why it is so important to go to sleep with a clean smile? We are going to brush up on these clean smile facts before the holidays. The holidays tend to be a time when good habits get followed a little more loosely. The family may fall asleep after drinking hot cocoa by the fire. While relaxing family time is important, it is also essential to your smile’s health to keep up your good habits like cleaning your smile before bedtime. Your dentist in Greenville, TX can help you keep your smile in good health.
Clear Out Bacteria
In a normal functioning mouth, saliva is produced throughout the day. Saliva is an important rinsing agent that helps keep bacteria, plaque, and tartar from sticking to your teeth. At night, your body slows down saliva production to prevent you from inadvertently choking on it. This means your sleeping mouth is dry, which means it is a haven for bacteria to multiply and attack your smile’s health. Cleaning out your mouth before going to sleep gives you a chance to clear out any bacteria that you can.
Don’t Forget Your Tongue
Your tongue is covered with bacteria. Along with brushing and flossing, it is important to either brush your tongue gently with your toothbrush or to use a tongue scraper. Doing this before bed gives you even more opportunity to remove lingering bacteria from your smile.
Just Water After That
Once you get your smile clean, it is important not to eat or drink anything other than water. Even cough syrup can increase your risk of tooth decay. Sipping on water before bed can help keep your mouth moisturized and ready to fight bacteria.
Cleaning your smile before bed is important
A sleeping smile is vulnerable to bacterial buildup. To schedule a consultation with Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX call us at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.