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How Bad is it Not to Brush Before Bed?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry, Oral Health

We all have those nights when you are snuggled in bed, cozy and warm, watching an episode of your favorite show, or reading a book, on the brink of falling asleep, when it hits you—you haven’t brushed your teeth yet. Sometimes it is tempting to stay in bed, tell yourself that you’ll brush in the morning, that it is no big deal, but think again.

Falling asleep without brushing your teeth is bad for your oral health. What is at risk isn’t merely fresh breath. When you skip a brushing, you are encouraging the growth of bacteria, mainly plaque. Excessive plaque can lead to cavities and gum disease. Brushing displaces plaque, so when you forget to brush, the plaque sticks around, it begins attacking your teeth and, if left for long enough can become tartar.

Tartar is not only ugly, it is a hard, rough, and yellow substance, but it can also lead to inflammation and bleeding in the gums. If left for too long, it can even result in the loss of teeth.

So, instead of staying curled up in bed, next time make a point to brush before you turn in for the night, it is the key to a healthy mouth.

Oct
15

Tooth Decay May Prohibit Growth in Children

As children grow, it’s only natural that we, as parents, go to great lengths to ensure they become healthy and happy adults. Recent studies have shown that tooth decay may affect the way children grow up. These studies found that tooth decay actually inhibits growth in children. Because of these findings, it is important for […]

Oct
8

Low Vitamin D Could Cause Cavities in Babies

Research done by a team at the University of Manitoba found that “low levels of vitamin D in pregnancy are associated with the development of cavities in babies.” These findings were based upon a survey of 134 expectant mothers. The study took blood samples from each expectant mother to measure vitamin D levels. Then they […]

Oct
1

Osteoporosis and Oral Health

Having osteoporosis can affect more than just your bones. The treatment for osteoporosis as well as the disease itself can harm your oral health. If you suffer from osteoporosis, then it is important to let your doctor know about any medications that you may take. Many osteoporosis medicines called antiresorptive agents strive to strengthen bones, […]

Sep
7

Are Cavities Contagious?

While this may come as a surprise, cavities are contagious. That’s right, just like catching a cold in the wintertime, you can also catch a cavity. Although sugar is usually to blame for cavities and tooth decay, studies have shown that cavities can be transmitted. This is because bacteria are the culprit in wearing away […]

Aug
31

Burning Mouth Syndrome: What You Need to Know

Have you ever experienced a burning pain in your mouth for multiple days, months, or maybe even longer? If you have, you may be experiencing Burning Mouth Syndrome, here is what you need to know. While any abnormality in your mouth requires a trip to the doctor, burning in your mouth is a clear sign […]

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