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Protect Your Smile and Brush Your Teeth Before Bed

You decided to skip brushing your teeth last night. Not much happens on the first night, but you need to break this habit quickly. Remember, bacteria forms every night. As long as you get back on track and brush at least three times per day, there is only a slim chance you will end up with full-blown gum disease.

Bacteria Begins to Accumulate

In the short term, you can expect bad breath from the bacteria growth. That fuzzy feeling on your teeth is the first sign. Brush your teeth as soon as you can, and use a mouth wash and floss immediately. Taking care of your teeth requires 10-minutes, two-three times per day, and worth it. You don’t want to suffer from tooth decay, nor do you want bad breath. Learn about the importance of gum health. Protect your smile!

Learn About Plaque Build-Up

It takes at least 24-hours for plaque to build-up. Plaque is the soft, sticky film that forms on your teeth. Plaque contains millions of bacteria and can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Removing plaque requires brushing and flossing and scheduling your annual dental cleanings. And you want to avoid cavities!

About Cavities

When you eat, the bacteria in plaque utilize the sugars in your food to produce acids that eat away at the teeth enamel. The enamel will breakdown after repeated attacks, leading to cavities. A cavity is a hole in your tooth surface that needs to be filled. An excellent job of flossing between the teeth and daily brushing of the teeth will help.

About Tarter

If plaque is not removed daily, it will harden into tartar. Tartar build-up will make your nightly brushing routine more challenging. Tartar collects along the gum line and in-between your teeth. Tartar build-up, plaque build-up, and the accumulation of bacteria will cause your gums to turn red, swollen and to possibly bleed.  Contact us about helping you get back on track.


What is Tartar Graphic from Oral B

Graphic Courtesy of Oral B

Brushing And Flossing Tips

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque from tooth surfaces and protect your teeth from decay. 2x per day!

The most effective time to clean between your teeth is right before bed. Your toothbrush can’t reach everywhere. Use floss or use an interdental cleaner to remove plaque. Flossing is essential to preventing gum disease.

  • Plaque is sticky so you must brush and floss to help remove it.
  • Don’t rely on mouth rinses alone to remove plaque.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit grazing or snacking. Snacks provide the sugar needed for the bacteria in plaque to convert into acids.
  • If it’s time for professional cleanings and oral exams, please schedule your appointment.
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