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Before going to bed, everyone knows they should brush their teeth. Most individuals forget now and then, but the true issue arises when they forget night after night. Some people question if they really need to brush their teeth every night. Caring Smile Family Dentistry can’t emphasize enough how vital it is to practice proper dental hygiene at home, especially at night.
We wanted to make sure that our patients understood not just how essential it is, but also why it is important. Continue reading to find out what you’re actually putting yourself at danger by not brushing your teeth. If it’s time for your regular exam or brushing, give us a call at 919-845-7778
Bacteria works extra hours at night
If you don’t brush your teeth before going to bed, all of the food and germs that has accumulated since your previous brushing will remain. It can become trapped between your teeth and cause rot for hours. In fact, unless you brush it off, it will continue to cause deterioration. If you leave it alone for the night, part of the germs will have solidified into plaque, which can only be removed by a dentist. If you don’t brush your teeth in the morning, you’ll be infested with harmful bacteria.
What are the consequences of bacterial buildup?
Bacterial accumulation can lead to tooth damage, cavities, and gingivitis. A cavity is a hole in your tooth or in the space between your teeth. Cavities are produced by germs that have hardened and eaten away at the enamel of your teeth.
Plaque will be free to assault your gums if it begins to build up along your gum line. The presence of a yellow filmy layer around your gum line is typically the first thing you’ll notice. Your gums will eventually get infected. Gum diseasee is contracted in this manner. Your teeth will separate when your gums recede if you wait long enough. It’s possible that you’ll lose your teeth in the long run.
It gets worse
If enough of your gum tissue is damaged, your grin will begin to change dramatically. There won’t be nearly as much gum line for your teeth to adhere to. They’ll loosen up after a time. They’ll eventually fall out. Other oral health concerns, such as abscesses, could be on the way too. The basic truth is that if you ignore your teeth for long enough, you will ultimately lose them.
The good news is that there is an easy fix
Brushing and flossing your teeth before going to bed each night is all you need to do to avoid this. It’s also a good idea to do it first thing in the morning. It’s also vital to get frequent dental exams so that we can identify minor issues before they become major ones. Make an appointment with Caring Smile Family Dentistry at 919-845-7778 if you’re due for a brushing and checkup.