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How Bad Is It to Go to Sleep Without Brushing Your Teeth?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

hagen dentalTypically most of us eat dinner at night. Just like with any other meal or snack, when we eat, the bacteria in our mouth have an opportunity to thrive. Sound gross?

Well—it doesn’t end there!

These bacteria thrive off the food particles that enter out mouth, and they then create an acid as a byproduct of feasting on the food we just ate. That acid is what breaks down our tooth enamel. Eventually, this is what causes decay and cavities.

Let’s say that you brush and floss after eating a meal, including after dinner before you go to bed. When we brush the right way, you interrupt that process from happening: in just two to three minutes of brushing, followed by flossing, you help prevent that build-up of bacteria.

You also help encourage the turnover of microbes on your teeth when you brush. This in turn means you reduce the tartar and the plaque build-up in your mouth. Another benefit? Brushing before bed is also another habit that can signal to our body that it’s time to get ready, unwind and go to bed!

If Fresh Breath & A Beautiful Smile Isn’t Enough to Motivate You…

So how bad is it if you don’t brush your teeth before going to sleep?

oral bacteria healthIf you don’t brush after a meal, and then head to bed, you contribute to a less healthy oral environment. Specifically, you are letting a lot of bacteria grow without interruption! You are also letting the plaque “sit” and harden on your teeth.

Over time, we get plaque on our teeth, and when it’s calcified (hardened) that makes it extremely difficult to remove and get rid of. Being that we have less saliva in our mouths at night, which helps naturally “swift away” food particles and bacteria, this can further accelerate the growth of bacteria.

From there, the plaque can continue to build-up in our mouth, resulting in a greater number of bacteria communities that may be thriving and doing harm to our oral health. Just imagine: bacteria in our mouth are always attempting to grow. All our daily habits can either work against this process—and work to reduce the bacteria that is present—or they can support the growth of the bacteria.

The good news it that this is part of why you regularly see us: we have the instruments and tools to remove your plaque build-up during your regular teeth cleaning. With that said, just think of how long that plaque can sit and get worse on your teeth in-between visits! 

But That’s Not All…

This plaque build-up is bad for your gum and teeth, but it can also signal to the body that you have an infection. This kind of inflammatory response that can come before or during the stages of gum disease keeps our immune system fighting off what it believes is something that is threating our body. In this process, our body is “attacking” our gum, hoping to protect our tissue.

This inflammatory response can result in our tissue being damaged or destroyed. When people see their gum line pulling away from the tooth, for example, this is often what has taken place.

Gum disease, inflammation and the repercussions of inflammation in our body is not something that would happen after just one night in which we fall asleep without brushing our teeth. But just like all our oral health habits, it comes down to the kind of habits we adopt over time.

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Fight an Elevated Oral Bacteria Count & Keep Your Smile Healthy

As you get ready for bed this week, put a priority on making sure you brush and floss. If you’re someone who often gets tired quickly, and then you end up accidentally falling asleep before brushing your teeth, change your habits so that you brush your teeth closer to finishing dinner. Your future, healthy mouth will thank you!

As little as three minutes can keep your teeth and gums healthy for the long run. It can help reduce future pain that could be associated with sensitive gum lines or cavities, and it can keep your smiling looking great. Help fight bad breath and help combat other diseases by taking time out to brush your teeth and floss before heading off to bed tonight.

Want to Setup an Appointment with Hagen Dental?
 

First, don’t forget to make brushing and flossing a part of your daily routine. If you are looking for a deep clean to get rid of the plaque build-up in your mouth, give Hagen a call today at 513.251.5500. Your teeth will feel great when you leave Hagen Dental. We have many options to help you achieve the smile of your dreams and we can’t wait to meet you.