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The Importance Of Brushing Your Teeth Before Bedtime

A mother brushing her teeth with her daughter before bed

Do you ever wonder if brushing your teeth each morning is enough? Do you believe that you can get away without brushing at night? The answer to both of those questions is: no. The truth is that brushing at night maybe a little bit more important than brushing in the morning. That’s not to say that you can avoid brushing after you wake, but you have to give as much importance to brushing your teeth before sleeping.

As we go through the day, we consume a variety of foods. To avoid the cavity that your mouth could attract due to food consumption, it is crucial to brush your teeth before sleep.

Here are a few significant benefits of maintaining a habit of brushing at night:

  • There is a consistent build-up of acid in your mouth, but the saliva keeps neutralizing the acid due to its calcium presence. However, saliva production decreases while you’re asleep, which can increase the acid levels, which then allow bacteria to start eating your teeth. If you brush your teeth before sleeping, the fluoride that remains in your mouth will maintain the saliva level in your mouth, preventing any damage caused due to the bacteria.
  • When you consume high fiber foods, tiny particles of it get stuck in your teeth, which may not even be noticeable. If these tiny particles stay in your mouth, they attract bacteria that can cause a cavity. Brushing at night can help clear out these tiny particles of food from your mouth.
  • If you maintain a brushing practice every night, it prevents the build-up of plaque in the long run. Plaque is the yellow substance that settles in your teeth and makes them look dirty. It can also lead to various other dental issues if not dealt with in a timely manner. Hence, just brushing at night can save you many expensive dental visits in the long run.

So even if you feel tired before bed, push yourself for five more minutes and make sure you brush your teeth before bedtime.

Posted on Dec 14, 2020
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