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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.

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How an Oral Abscess Can Affect You

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The Time Right After Your Tooth-Whitening Treatment is Critical

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Sports Drinks: Here’s the Catch

Reports indicate that 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens consume energy drinks, and that 62 percent consume at least one sports drink a day. While the drinks hydrate and offer energy and minerals, there’s a side of them that most don’t talk about. Sports drinks are full of acid and sugar used to enhance […]

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The Teething Myth You Have to Stop Believing

Many parents have the misconception that teething causes diarrhea. What’s the correlation, you may ask? It is believed that the excess saliva that comes with teething can affect the gastrointestinal system. However, although there is no evidence of a causal relationship, this idea may not be completely baseless, as teething babies put a variety of […]

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