Nightly Brushing: Is it Really Important?

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Usually, it’s fairly easy to brush your teeth as a part of your morning routine, but did you know that many people forget to brush their teeth right before they go to bed. As you can probably guess, this can lead to a number of negative consequences.

The consequences associated with forgetting to brush your teeth before bed can be dire. Your mouth produces less saliva at night, leaving you more vulnerable to dry mouth. When you don’t brush before going to sleep, you may leave plaque in your mouth and when you have a dry mouth, it is easy for plaque and bacteria to multiply. This will lead to problems such as tooth decay and cavities. .

Sadly, if plaque isn’t removed from your mouth, it can harden into tartar, which will irritate your gum line. To make matters worse, if you have a buildup of plaque, your body will assume it has an infection. To counter the infection, your body will work harder, ultimately resulting in you being more tired. Unfortunately, regardless of how hard your body works, it won’t be able to remove tartar buildup. Sadly, you’ll need to visit a dentist to remove it.

In other words, remembering to brush and floss before you fall asleep can actually protect your smile. Fortunately, if you forget every to care for your teeth at night occasionally, you probably won’t be putting your smile in danger—but every time you forget, you put your smile in more danger.

If you have any questions or concerns, our dentist, Dr. Christopher Pavletic, and our team will be able to help. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, simply call Trine Dental Group at 708-448-2588. We are eager to receive your call.