December 12th, 2013
Brush Your Teeth When You First Get Out Of Bed And Before You Get Back In At Night
Words of Wisdom No.9: Brush Your Teeth When You First Get Out Of Bed And Before You Get Back In At Night
It’s truly surprising how much bacteria can build up on our teeth while we are asleep. Limiting the amount of bacteria that builds up as we are sleeping is very important in reducing stains and issues with oral health. The two most crucial times for brushing your teeth throughout the day are first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed in the evening. This is because our saliva tends to dry up as we sleep and is not as prevalent at killing off bacteria like when we are awake and active.
How does saliva help teeth?
Saliva works at keeping plaque off of our teeth as we go about our day. At night however we aren't active and saliva tends to dry out and lay dormant as we sleep all night. During the sleeping hours the bacteria that is in our mouth basically has free range to cause damage as we sleep. This is why it's so important to brush the bacteria that has formed off of our teeth when we first wake up, and to reduce the amount of bacteria that forms by cleaning our teeth before we go to sleep.
This bacteria is one of the causes of the infamous morning breath that we tend to experience. Brushing your teeth at these times of day will help to reduce oral health issues and also allow you to have a brighter, whiter smile.
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Words of Wisdom No.9