Right now it’s uncertain when dental offices are going to be open for regular business again. That’s why it’s even more important to keep your teeth healthy and clean… and it all starts at home. Your nighttime oral health routine is what can build up the best defenses against gum disease… and it does not take a huge toll on your time.
It can take under 10 minutes, as a matter of fact. All you need to do is follow these steps and you can hopefully ensure that you won’t be making any emergency dental visits.
Brush Before Bed
This is the best defense against tooth decay. It’s also very easy for people to take shortcuts and wind up only getting a mere fraction of the protection that they could if they stuck with proper form. This should be the second time that you brush in a day and it should be for a full two minutes.
Many people are migrating over to electric toothbrushes while some prefer to stay with manual ones. The electric toothbrushes are great because they do a good amount of the work with their spinning bristles, which can clean off more food particles than a regular brush. Just stay on each quadrant for 30 seconds each. Some electric brushes beep when it’s time to go to the next area. Be sure to get each tooth,though.
Brushing your teeth can only do so much. Even electric toothbrushes are not able to reach every nook and cranny of your teeth or in between each tooth. That’s where flossing comes in. It extricates food particles that might otherwise linger and decay, causing cavities and gum disease.
Don’t be intimidated by the number of choices in floss out there either. Choose one that fits your preference and that works for you – waxed, unwaxed, mint, etc. You might also want to consider supplementing with flossers, which are picks that have the floss on it already, to reach the back of your mouth. There are those that like using water irrigators. The force of the water stream can do a really nice job of cleaning out your mouth.
This is the best way to cap off your nightly oral care routine – fill up a cap of mouthwash and swish for 30-60 seconds. This should usually be the last liquid that enters your mouth before going to sleep. The mouthwash will kill bacteria and protect against decay over night.
One word of advice about mouthwash, though. Do NOT try to fool your dentist by doing extra mouthwashes in the days leading up to your dental appointment. These mouthwashes are alcohol-based and doing it too often can dry out your mouth, which will then lead to bad breath. Follow the directions on the label.
Watch Out For Teeth Grinding
Grinding your teeth can cause a lot more problems than just having a sore jaw the next morning. Over the course of time, it can wear down your enamel and possible leave you open to cracked teeth. It’s important that you give this full attention so that you don’t have to have emergency work later.
There are several things that you can do, including seeing if you can stop the initial source of stress that may make you grind your teeth. It may be your job. If you can’t change that, you can do the next best thing – getting a mouth guard. It keeps your upper and lower jaw from touching while you are sleeping. You’ll also wake up feeling refreshed and not having a sore jaw anymore.
As you can see, all it takes is a few simple things and you’ll see how fast that time goes. You just put in this little bit of extra work and you will be happy with what you reap in return.
Nothing’s 100% guaranteed though. Sometimes genetics come into play. Pregnancy can also affect a woman’s oral health. But even if something does occur, doing the above can also possibly mitigate the symptoms and reduce the severity of any gum disease.>
There are few things out there that can net you noticeable results in five minutes – despite what any dubious advertising copy may claim. This is one thing that is not too good to be true – thoroughly brush and floss and see what can happen.
When it comes to helping you have the best smile, the staff at VIP Dental Center are among the best. They can show you how to properly brush and floss – they are also more than willing to answer questions you may have. Give them a call at (727) 787-2424 to make an appointment!