Don’t Make it a Habit: Falling Asleep Without Brushing Teeth

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Whether you are sleepy or just plain lazy, forgetting to brush your teeth before bedtime should never become a habit. Falling asleep without brushing has serious repercussions on oral health, encouraging bacteria buildup that may result in cavities and gum disease.

Family dentists at Glenlake Dental Care share the disgusting truth about skipping or forgetting brush before sleeping.

More Bacteria While You Sleep

If you decide to sleep and just brush first thing in the morning, you give bacteria full control over your mouth. As saliva production is reduced when you’re dozing off, plaque can stick better on your teeth, supporting colonization of bacteria producing acid. Making this a habit will not just cause teeth discoloration and tartar, but also tooth decay.

Brushing Disturbs the Bacteria

When bacteria linger on one place, it will attack your teeth, leading to plaque and tartar. The hardened calculus may then fill the spaces between your teeth, causing inflammation and bleeding of gums. Brushing before bedtime, however, disturbs the bacteria so they don’t stay in the same place. It gives your teeth a coat of fluoride to reduce bacteria buildup.

Cavity and Brushing Habits

The truth about cavity is that it can develop by not brushing once. Brushing the wrong way may also have negative effects. It is important to brush at least twice a day for two minutes, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to cover all the surfaces of teeth, including your tongue and the roof of the mouth.

There is no Substitute to Brushing

If you had a meal before bedtime, drinking water alone to rinse the bacteria in the mouth is not enough. Chewing gums, after-meal mints, and mouth rinses are not brushing substitute. While these can make your mouth feel fresher, they do nothing in removing plaque and bacteria.

Don’t forget to brush your teeth at night before sleeping. By following proper oral hygiene habits and visiting your dentist at least twice a year, you can promote good dental health.