Tustin Dentist Answers Nighttime Oral Care Routine FAQs

It’s common to have concerns regarding your oral care routine at night. Here are some of the most common questions received.
 
What’s so Important about Nighttime Oral Care?
 
While you sleep, you don’t swallow. This means that bacteria is growing in the mouth and there is no saliva to wash it away. By cleaning your mouth properly, you give the bacteria less of a chance to feed on anything.
 
What Steps Should I Take at Night?
 
1. Brush for two minutes.
2. Floss.
3. Rinse with a mouthwash (if you want).
 
Should I Brush After my Meal or Before I Go to Bed?
 
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. If you are at lower risk for cavities, it would be okay to wait until bed. Otherwise, it’s recommended that you brush after dinner and then later if you eat anything else.
 
Should I Do my Flossing at Night?
 
If you are only going to floss once in the day, it should be before bed. This removes any plaque that has built-up during the day. If you allow that plaque to harden, it will turn to tartar and then you’ll need a professional to remove it.
 
Ideally, you’ll want to consider flossing after each meal to remove any food debris that is hidden.
 
What are Some Ways to Avoid Teeth Grinding?
 
Your teeth withstand a lot of abuse when you grind them. Use a mouthguard to prevent injury and damage to the teeth.
 
How Can I Ensure Fresh Breath When I Get Up in the Morning?
 
There’s no guarantee that you’ll wake up with fresh breath every morning. While some mouthwashes make this claim, it’s just not practical. If you take the time to care for your mouth all day and before bed, you are going to have a better chance of clean breath in the morning. 
 
If you find yourself with more questions about your nighttime dental routine, make a list. Then, take it with you to your next dental appointment. No matter how embarrassed you might feel, your Tustin dentist has heard it all before. Need to schedule an appointment? Call Cornerstone Dentistry today at (714) 669-9555.
 
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