Skipping your Nightly Brushing can Hurt Your Teeth

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Usually, it’s fairly easy to brush your teeth as a part of your morning routine, but did you know that many people forget to brush their teeth right before they go to bed? As you can probably guess, this can lead to a number of negative consequences.

If you don’t brush at night, your mouth will become dry, creating a place for acid to thrive. Sadly, this makes it possible for more plaque to form in your mouth. Once this happens, bacteria will attack the outer layer of your teeth. This can ultimately lead to problems such as cavities and tooth decay.

If plaque isn’t removed from your mouth, it can harden into tartar which will irritate your gum line. To make matters worse, if you have a buildup of plaque, your body will assume it has an infection. To counter the infection, your body will work harder, ultimately resulting in you being more tired. Regardless of how hard your body works, it won’t be able to remove tartar buildup, which means you will need to visit a dentist to remove it.

In other words, remembering to brush and floss before you fall asleep can actually protect your smile. Fortunately, if you forget every to care for your teeth at night occasionally, you probably won’t be putting your smile in danger—but every time you forget, you put your smile at risk.

If you have any questions or concerns, our dentist, Dr. Blaine Cusack, and our team will be able to help. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, simply call Blaine P. Cusack, DDS at 708-482-0300. We are eager to receive your call.