5 Bedtime Tips to Keep Your Gums and Teeth in Sound HealthIf you think the bacteria in your mouth sleep when you’re asleep during the night, you’re wrong. They keep working on your teeth to develop cavities, plaque, tartar and other dental conditions. Dr Furqan Ali, a leading dentist associated with Croydon Dental Care Clinic Smile4U.co.uk suggests some tips to ensure your oral health is not compromised, even when you’re asleep. Read on to know more.
- Brush before going to bed
- Emphasise on proper brushing
- Flossing is also important
- Mouthwash rinse
- Avoid teeth grinding
Our dentist in Croydon emphasises on brushing every time before going to bed at night. This minimises harmful bacteria in the mouth. As a result, the chance of cavities, tartar, plaque, gingivitis and many other oral health problems is significantly reduced. However, you shouldn’t brush right after dinner. The acid in your foods may wear out the teeth enamel. Wait for half an hour until the effect of the acid subsides.
It is important that you brush properly, using the right technique for optimal effect. Move the toothbrush back and forth applying gentle pressure. Make sure that all three surfaces of the teeth are covered by the brush, as well as the tongue. Brush for about 2 minutes and then rinse your mouth well with water. Electric tooth brushes are also available in the market to make your brushing easier and more effective.
A floss removes the food debris stuck between the teeth. A toothbrush often fails to reach these deep pockets. If you ignore flossing, there’s no way to prevent the build-up of plaque. Use a dental floss for the best effect.
Mouthwashes are not just used to freshen up your breath. Medicated mouthwashes contain special ingredients to keep your teeth and the gums in good health along with treating certain dental conditions. Ask your dentist to prescribe a suitable medicated mouthwash that minimises your chances of cavities, plaque and gingivitis.
Teeth grinding is a common dental issue which can significantly damage the enamel of the teeth which will lead to torn cheeks and tooth sensitivity. The worst thing about this problem is that it occurs when you’re asleep. So, you don’t know if you’ve the problem. Go to your dentist if you suffer from torn cheeks or tooth sensitivity. He or she may offer you a suitable mouth guard to resolve the problem.