When Should I Brush My Teeth?
How often you brush your teeth is each person’s own decision, but of course there are certain times of the day that you want to give it your best shot; these are when you first wake up and get out of bed and right before you go to sleep. Yes, you really should brush your teeth after every meal and make every effort to clean your teeth. But after a night’s sleep, you most likely have plaque built up (which leads to tartar!) so getting it off is pretty important.
After several hours of sleep, have you ever noticed your teeth have a slimy coating on them and your breath smells bad? That is from food, bacteria, fluids and saliva. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed can help lessen the plaque, but when you wake up, it’s time to get rid of what’s accumulated on your teeth while sleeping.
Some reasons to keep on top of brushing your teeth at least 2 times a day are:
1. Your teeth could be less stained
2. You may avoid gum disease
3. Your teeth & gums will be healthier
4. You could have less cavities
5. Your breath could smell much nicer
6. You’ll hold back the formation of tartar*
*Tartar forms from a build-up of plaque.
Yes, there are some people who brush their teeth several times a day and floss regularly too, and still have to deal with tartar. That’s just how their body make-up is. For those people, it’s even more important to maintain an offensive regiment to protect the health of their teeth and gums.
And if you are one of those lucky people (!) who already have healthy teeth and gums, brushing your teeth the first thing in the morning and the last thing before bed, will give you an edge on keeping your teeth & gums healthy. Something to think about; you only have one set of teeth. Make it your goal to take care of those teeth, starting now! Make brushing your teeth a life-long health discipline that will benefit you for years down the road.