There are a lot of good things you can do to protect your teeth and keep them healthy, but one of the most important things is to have a good bedtime oral care routine. This routine should be something you do every single night, like clockwork, and taking the time to do this will help you have a healthier mouth. Here are the best things to do for a proper bedtime oral care routine.
Brush with the right brush and toothpaste
The products you use to clean your teeth affect the outcome, and that is why it is so important to choose the right products. The right toothbrush is one that has bristles that are soft. Medium or hard-bristled brushes can do more damage to your teeth than good. Secondly, the toothpaste you use does not really matter, except that you should make sure it contains fluoride. This is the most important factor in a toothpaste product, as fluoride is vital for tooth health.
Brush longer than you think
Once you have the right supplies, your next goal is to aim to brush your teeth for an entire two- to three-minute period of time. If you have never timed yourself before while you brush, try it. You might be surprised to find that you might only brush for less than a minute. In fact, the average brush time is between 45 to 70 seconds per day. Brushing for two solid minutes will help you clean your teeth sufficiently by removing as much plaque and bacteria as possible, and this is not possible if you brush for only a minute or less each night.
The next step after you brush your teeth is flossing, which is a step many people skip. Flossing will help you take your cleaning one step further by scraping plaque away from areas you cannot access well with your toothbrush.
Finish with a mouth rinse
Finally, you should consider using an alcohol-free mouth rinse each night as your last step before bed. Rinsing with a mouth rinse will help give your teeth more exposure to fluoride and may help eliminate even more plaque and bacteria from your mouth.
It will take you less than 10 minutes to do these things before bed each night, and it will make a difference. You will likely experience fewer cavities and other oral problems. Talk to a dentist if you would like to learn more.