It is just not a day job to keep your teeth strong, gums healthy and a bright smile but your mouth needs protection at night too. The bacteria in the mouth increases while we are sleeping because we are not swallowing. So, night time oral hygiene is important to avoid giving the bacteria anything to break down and feed off.
Brushing, Flossing and rinsing are the three basic steps to nighttime hygiene. As long as the food particles and the plague are removed, the order really does not matter.
Steps for basic nighttime oral hygiene:
Plague build up and tooth decay can be avoided by brushing your teeth every day. Brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle to the gums with a soft bristled tooth brush and a tooth paste containing fluoride. As per the American Dental Association, the correct method is to brush back and forth gently in short strokes. Brushing the outer tooth surfaces first, then the inner tooth surfaces and then the chewing surfaces of the teeth is suggested by the ADA. It also recommends using the toe of the brush to clean the backs of your front teeth up and down gently.
Brushing right after dinner, before bed or both depends upon the susceptibility to dental disease. Risk for dental disease varies from person to person. Brushing teeth after dinner and before going to bed is recommended for people with a high risk of cavities and gum diseases.
Flossing allows you to reach the plague that cannot be removed with a tooth brush. Periodontal gum diseases can be prevented by flossing at least once a day. ADA recommends using an 18 inch long strand, winding most of it around your middle fingers and holding the remaining floss tightly between your thumbs and fore fingers. Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
Flossing helps in removing the plague while it is still soft, as it hardens and a tartar is formed, only a professional dentist can remove it. High risk patients prone to gum disease or tartar build up, have to consider flossing twice a day.
Rinsing with a mouth wash:
Rinsing your teeth with a mouthwash will help you keep your breath fresh, your teeth plague and cavity free, your gums safe from gingivitis. For best results, follow the instructions on the package.
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