Many of us have had nights when; snuggled in bed watching, reading, or on the verge of falling asleep, it hits you – you forgot to brush your teeth! While it is tempting to stay in bed, rationalizing that it can wait until morning, you shouldn’t put it off.
Going to bed without brushing your teeth is more than just waking up in the morning with bad breath, it is also good for your oral health. When you you skip brushing your teeth at bedtime, you are inviting the growth of bacteria, mainly plaque. You should also floss before you go to sleep, if you haven’t already flossed for the day.
Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth and under your gum line. If you didn’t know already, excessive plaque can damage tooth enamel which leads to cavities. It can also cause periodontal disease. Plaque gets displaced when you brush and floss. When you forget to do it, the plaque begins to attack your teeth and, if left alone, over time it can become tartar.
Tartar, also called calculus, forms below and above the gum line. It’s not only ugly, rough and porous, left untreated, it can also lead to receding gums and gum disease. Tartar must be removed during a dental appointment. If left for too long, it can even result in tooth loss.
Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums
Make a point to brush before you climb into bed for the night, it is an important step in maintaining a healthy mouth. At Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill, Dr. Peter Merai and his staff care about the health of your teeth and gums. Regular checkups allow for detection of dental problems, stopping them before they can become more serious. Call the office at 301-567-9844 to schedule an appointment.
If you live in the Oxon Hill, Temple Hill, For Washington, Clinton or Washington DC area, Dr. Merai is currently accepting new dental patients. Make sure you check out the new patient specials for adults and children before making your dentist appointment.