Ideally you should have a nighttime dental health care routine to clean your teeth before you hit the sack. During the 8 hours (on average) that people sleep, bacteria are still going to be at work in your mouth – which is why it is important that they are thoroughly cleaned before you sleep.
While you probably already have a nighttime dental health care routine, these 3 tips could help to improve it:
- Brush and floss right before bed
Try to get into the habit of brushing and flossing right before you go to bed. If you do it earlier but then eat anything or drink something sugary then it won’t have the same effect. By doing it close to your bedtime, you can ensure that your teeth get a thorough cleaning that will last them through the night and till you wake up the next day.
- Use a mouth guard if you grind your teeth
Many people grind their teeth while they sleep, and some are unaware that they do so. If your teeth tend to be sensitive and you have other symptoms such as headaches, worn enamels or torn cheeks then odds are you are grinding your teeth as you sleep – and you should consult a dentist so that they can make a mouth guard for you to wear while you sleep.
- Try to avoid unhealthy foods at night
In addition to cleaning your teeth before you sleep, you could try to avoid unhealthy foods at night in general – especially anything that has lots of sugar. If you do get hungry and feel like a snack you can try something healthy like an apple, carrot or certain nuts that will encourage the production of more saliva and are good for your teeth.
As you can see a good nighttime dental health care routine is nothing special, and simply involves making sure that your teeth are clean and safe for the duration that you’re sleeping. If you have any issues you should consult a Harley Street dentist for advice, especially if you feel that you need help with your brushing or flossing technique. At the end of the day if your brushing isn’t effective it may not be cleaning your teeth properly – and that could result in more plaque buildup while you sleep if you don’t take steps to address it.