A lot can happen to your mouth in eight hours. While you’re trying to get a good night’s rest, bacteria, plaque, and tartar can all build up in your mouth. Here are a few ways to help you maintain your oral health while you’re snoozing.

1. Always brush before bed. Brushing two minutes in the morning and at night will make you less prone to dental problems. If you’re particularly susceptible to cavities and gum disease, we recommend brushing immediately after dinner, and again right before bed.

2. Utilize proper brushing techniques. The best way to brush is to gently use short strokes back and forth. First brush the outer tooth surfaces, then the inner tooth, followed by the chewing surfaces.

3. Don’t just brush — floss, too! Brushing isn’t the only step in your oral hygiene routine. Flossing removes food particles and plaque buildup while it’s still soft. If you don’t floss, bacteria will increase throughout the night.

4. Rinse with mouthwash. Mouthwash doesn’t just help with fresh breath. Rinsing with certain mouthwashes can help treat certain oral health conditions. You should talk to your dentist to figure out which mouthwash is best for your health.

Preventative care is just as important for a healthy mouth, so don’t forget to schedule regular dental check ups and cleanings. If you’re looking for a superior pediatric dentist on Long Island to care for your little one’s teeth, look no further than Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County. For more questions or tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, give us a call! We offer a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times.

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