When it comes to oral hygiene habits, brushing and flossing regularly are amongst the most important to remember. When dental professionals discuss brushing properly, they typically focus on things like length of time one spends brushing, specific technique, and the type of toothbrush and toothpaste being used. Brushing before bedtime is essential to good oral hygiene, yet so many people forget or are too lazy to do so. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone brushes their teeth at least twice a day, in addition to regular flossing. Keeping a glowing smile and fresh breath is great, but brushing does far more than that. For those who neglect to brush before bed now and again, read on.
As you eat and drink throughout the day bacteria begins to grow and then build up, this is called plaque. As plaque forms, and is not treated, cavities eventually form and gum disease becomes a threat. Here is where brushing comes in and becomes so critical. As you brush, bacteria is disrupted and unable to stay in one place. Not only does this disallow the plaque from attacking your teeth, but it also avoids the potential of the plaque becoming tartar. Tartar is the rough, yellow, and hard matter that you can feel in between your teeth. If left untreated, tartar can eventually cause inflammation and bleeding for the gums and after a long time, the tartar could cause a loss of a tooth.
So, many ask themselves, “If I forget to brush for one night, is that really a big deal?” Well, the answer is yes. Unfortunately, it only takes one brushing skip to begin the formation of a cavity. If neglecting to brush at night becomes a habit, the outcomes can be very dangerous to your oral health. Another important matter to consider is how well you are brushing. A lackluster brushing job right before bad can be just as detrimental as not brushing at all. Doing a mediocre brushing job can offer the same negative effects like cavity formation and gum disease.
Regardless of how tired you may be or how loudly your bed is calling your name, brushing at night and brushing well is crucial to great oral hygiene. Take your time to make sure you are covering all surfaces of your teeth, for at least 2 minutes, and brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Things like gum and mouthwash are great alternatives for day-time freshness, but they are certainly not a replacement for brushing and flossing. Plaque is constantly growing in your mouth, brushing is the only way to fight back.