February 7, 2018
Every day you wake up and brush your teeth. Sometimes you forget to brush your teeth at night—but shhh! Don’t tell your dentist, right?
Unfortunately, even when you think you’re taking okay care of your smile, visiting your local dentist in Chevy Chase can tell you otherwise. It’s actually crucial to take excellent care of your smile at home by brushing twice a day, flossing, and even adding an antimicrobial mouthwash for a boost to your oral health.
Learn more about why effectively removing dental plaque, food, and bacteria from your mouth is so important—starting with brushing your teeth twice a day.
Brush for the First Time of the Day in The Morning
If you haven’t made brushing your teeth apart of your morning self-care routine, you need to add that to your to-do list asap! Your smile needs to be cleaned after a full night of harvesting bacteria in your mouth while you’re sleeping. Complete this morning ritual to boost your oral hygiene and smile’s appearance:
- Brush your teeth: Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush for effective brushing, being sure to brush for at least two minutes per session. Focus on hitting all areas of the mouth—and don’t forget your tongue!
- Floss: When you floss, be sure to use just over a foot of clean between teeth. Be careful when inserting the floss between teeth to be gentle to the gums and try to softly reach beneath the gum line as much as you can.
- Rinse: Although not required, your dentist highly recommends adding an antimicrobial mouthwash to the daily dental care routine as it kills off lingering bacteria. Plus, it’ll keep your mouth fresh!
Brush for the Second Time Before You Go to Bed
If you skip out on brushing at night, you could be risking your oral health. Your morning routine is used to remove materials in the mouth after they fester overnight, but your nightly routine is to remove all the materials that stay within the mouth throughout the day—including food, plaque buildup, and bacteria.
Simply follow the same steps from your morning routine to effectively clean teeth before you go to sleep.
Why Is It Important to Brush Teeth Twice a Day?
Many people underestimate how critical it is to remove plaque from the smile before it turns into a hardened, harmful substance known as tartar. This yellow, hardened plaque rots the teeth and damages your soft tissues. It can cause tooth decay, cavities, and even gum disease—all of which have serious consequences if left untreated.
Your dentist also plays a part in preventing these dental concerns as well, but it’s important to care for your smile between your semiannual appointments. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your local dental professional!
About Our Office
Here at the dental office of Dr. Freyne, we will do everything in our power to improve oral health here in our office. But are you effectively caring for your teeth by at least brushing twice a day at home? Let us help you optimize your oral health! Call us today to schedule your next preventive care visit.
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