Oral Hygiene Basics: What If You Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth

Oral Hygiene Basics: What If You Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth from Roy Dental: Paramita Roy DDS in Redwood City, CAPracticing good oral hygiene basics is the best line of defense against cavities, abscesses and other problems that can plague a person’s mouth. A visit to the dentist can show someone where changes need to be made and help direct improvements in cleaning habits. The following information can more fully explain what needs to happen and why it is so important.

Why are good oral hygiene routines so important?

Allowing debris, acids and other dirt to stay on teeth, especially overnight, allows those bacteria-causing compounds to form tartar and plaque. These things can cause bad breath, minor or more serious cavities and even abscesses. Canker sores can form and receding gums — gingivitis — can be caused by neglecting a regular routine. In addition to the problems it can cause for your mouth, oral bacteria can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, dementia and a host of other general health issues.

What basics need to be done regularly?

When a regular routine of good oral hygiene basics is observed, it can become second nature and need not take a long time. As they say, “You only need to take care of the teeth you intend to keep.” That light-hearted saying holds a lot of truth. The following things should be done daily:

  • Brush teeth in a circular motion, front and back, with a soft bristle brush
  • Choose a good fluoride toothpaste to help clean and nourish tooth enamel
  • The tongue should also be very gently brushed in order to remove bacteria that can cause odor
  • Floss well between every tooth with a waxed floss to remove food particles and plaque
  • Mouthwash may seem optional, but it can neutralize the acids in the mouth and rinse away any remaining particles

Are there additional ways to prevent damage and cavities?

In addition to conscientiously observing good oral habits, there are other steps that can be taken. People should avoid crunching on hard candies and suckers, things like peanut brittle or toffee and even ice cubes, as these things can crack or break otherwise healthy teeth. Sticky and chewy foods like stiff caramel can loosen fillings, allowing bacteria inside the tooth. Acidic foods and sodas should be followed with a rinsing of the mouth. Care should also be taken to avoid biting non-food items such as paper clips or pencils.

Is visiting a dentist important even if teeth are kept clean?

In the absence of obvious dental problems, it is still a good idea to visit a dentist twice a year for routine checkups. A full panel X-ray can provide clear images of things going on in the roots of the teeth. Since it is possible to have a tooth go bad for reasons other than hygiene and maintenance, such as genetics and heredity, it becomes very important to check. Regular cleaning by a dental technician can help prevent issues, especially just below the gum line, and whitening can help teeth look more attractive.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Oral Hygiene Basics in Redwood City, CA.

Conclusion

Oral health is not to be neglected and can make the difference when it comes to overall health. Thorough attention to oral hygiene basics can help ensure a healthier and more confident smile.

Request an appointment or call Roy Dental: Paramita Roy DDS at 650-200-1178 for an appointment in our Redwood City office.

Recent Posts

Oral Hygiene FAQ: What Is Dental Tartar?

Oral hygiene is important because dental tartar is not fun! Luckily, good health is! Why is a healthy mouth good for the body? Quite simply, oral hygiene prevents tooth decay, gum diseases and helps prevent bad breath. If our oral health is not taken care of we could lose our teeth, especially as we grow older.Tartar…

7 Ways To Ensure Your Teeth Stay Healthy

There are multiple reasons why you should ensure that you and your entire household maintain healthy teeth. From having amazing and sparkling smiles to avoiding toothaches, keeping gum diseases at a minimum, being able to chew without difficulties, and other benefits, there is a lot to gain from maintaining healthy teeth. There are lots of…

Daily Oral Maintenance: 3 Tools Every Dentist Recommends

Daily oral maintenance is crucial to keep a healthy set of gums and teeth. It’s important to pay attention to the entire mouth as a whole. Doing this will provide a person with healthy teeth and gums, as well as a great smile.Knowing the best ways to maintain a healthy mouth can be difficult because…

Recent Posts

Four Benefits Of Dental Crowns For Preventing Gum Disease

Four Benefits Of Dental Crowns For Preventing Gum Disease

Dental crowns are well-known for their ability to create beautiful smiles, but they can also be used for various other purposes. Dental caps are used not only for smile makeovers but also to restore teeth that may otherwise be extracted due to gum disease or cavities. Dentists and their patients often prefer crowns because they…

Reasons You Need Dental Crowns

5 Reasons You Need Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are dental restorations that cover teeth entirely for added protection, improved function, and cosmetic purposes. Dental crowns are versatile treatment solutions, and there are many reasons that a dentist may recommend this treatment for patients.The most common reasons that dentists recommend a dental crown are to protect a tooth that is weakened or…