Why You Should Never Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth: Part 2 of 2

Have you read our last blog? Well, this is the continuation of it! Before, we discussed the importance of your enamel and how the waste from leftover bacteria can break it down. We can understand the need to go to sleep after a long day instead of taking the extra effort to brush before bed, but doing so can cause irrevocable harm to your teeth’s health, leading to the need for emergency dentistry in Bala Cynwyd, PA. We don’t want that!

Brushing before bed is considered an extra step that patients often ignore or put off until the morning so as to get to bed earlier. However, we are here to tell you no! Don’t do it, and your teeth will thank you, we promise.

Many of us haven’t even considered brushing our teeth at night – why would we when we can just brush them in the morning? It’s easier, saves us trouble, and we can just crawl into bed without an agenda. After all, we already completed ours for the day. Right? Wrong!

Going to bed without brushing is by far one of the worst things you can do to your teeth. Without brushing, you are leaving your teeth vulnerable and your mouth bacteria-ridden. Ew. You don’t want to go to bed with that on your mind, do you?   

 

What happens at night when you don’t brush?

Leftover plaque will harden and calcify on your teeth, making it impossible to remove with a toothbrush or floss. Your gums will then see the plaque build-up as an infection, alerting your immune system of the disturbance so it can attack it. However, by attacking the build-up, your immune system will destroy healthy tissues that hold your teeth in place, which then could make your gums begin to pull away from your teeth.

Now, this won’t happen in just one night, but if you make a habit of it, it could lead to even worse health issues down the line. Instead, put the extra effort in and brush! Taking those extra minutes can save you a lot of pain and even potentially extend your life.

 

But what if you’re too exhausted?

  1. Keep a toothbrush by your bed.
    Toothpaste isn’t always necessary; you can do a quick, dry brush to scrape off the plaque while you’re lying in bed.  
  2. Keep floss in the drawer of your nightstand.
    Just reach over and grab it. You can even purchase flossing sticks to floss with one hand.
  3. Run your tongue over your teeth to check them.
    If you feel a fuzzy sensation on your tongue, you didn’t do a good job. Keep checking, and after a while, you will begin to be comfortable only with the clean feeling of healthy teeth before you fall asleep.

 

This holiday, while you are eating sweets and delectable meals, we want to make sure you’re still keeping your teeth and dental health in mind. We also provide emergency dentistry in Philadelphia just in case! Our dentistry services is top-notch and will take care of you right away. Don’t hesitate to ask for help by contacting us at any time. We are here for you, to ensure that your teeth are ready to smile for the holidays!  

 

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Why You Should Never Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth Part 1 of 2

We’ve all been here, it’s true. Sometimes it is way easier to crawl under the covers and sleep instead of trudge alllll the way to the bathroom just for an elbow work out. Believe us, we are well aware. It takes effort to do, especially in a half-conscious state. Still, it is just as essential as those ten extra minutes you would have had sleeping!

Brushing your teeth at night before you go to bed is actually the most important brush of the day. Each time you eat, the bacteria that naturally resides in your mouth feasts on the food that your are consuming. That’s right, like any other living organism, the bacteria in your mouth also excretes waste. The difference though is that this waste is highly acidic and breaks down tooth enamel.

Tooth Enamel
We are sure you’ve heard of tooth enamel before, but do you know what it is? Tooth enamel is the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in the human body, made up of minerals like hydroxyapatite. It protects your teeth from decay by covering the outer layer of each tooth. This translucent layer varies from light yellow to grayish white, only partially responsible for the complete color of your teeth.  

The factor that matters the most when concerning your teeth’s enamel is that, once it’s eroded, the enamel cannot be replaced by your body. Unfortunately, unlike bones, enamel does not contain living cells to regenerate, meaning that all damage is permanent.

It is up to you to protect your enamel by practicing good hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing your teeth before you go to bed and again the next day. You can also avoid foods that are known to cause damage like:

  • Sugary foods
  • Sticky foods
  • Acidic fruits
  • Acidic beverages
  • Chewing ice

These substances stick to your teeth, interacting with the bacteria already present in your mouth. It is best to avoid them when you can, but if you can’t, thoroughly brush afterwards. Hard foods like ice cubes or candy will also harm your enamel by causing it to chip or crack when you chew it. Instead, it is better to suck on it to avoid further damage.

In our next blog, find out what happens to your teeth at night when you don’t brush. It’s scary!  Be sure to tune in to our blog next month. At Wynnewood Dental Arts, we want to make sure you are doing all you can to protect your teeth for the long-term.

If you are too uncomfortable for a regular visit or a procedure, we offer sleep dentistry in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Our sedation dentistry in Plymouth Meeting, PA will help patients take care of their teeth and enamel with a deep cleaning that your toothbrush cannot provide for you. We are looking forward to seeing you!  

  

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Top 7 Reasons Sleep Dentistry is Right for You

How many times have you heard,

“I freak out when I go to the dentist”

 

“I’ve had a bad experience”

 

“I’m too afraid”

 

“It hurts too much”

 

Over and over again, right? By various people. Or yourself. Everyone knows someone who won’t go to the dentist, and who doesn’t complain when they do? Many dread it–many are gripped with fear at the entryway. Many even get up and run before the procedure can even begin because their anxiety is just too much for them to sit with.

 

What’s your story?

 

There are solutions to that problem. Some call it sleep dentistry and some call it sedation dentistry. We like to call it a solution.

  1. Sensitivity
    Can you sit through a routine cleaning? Your teeth are a vulnerable and sensitive part of your body; it makes sense that dental pain is a real threat. If your teeth and gums are too sensitive, it may be hard to undergo even the simplest procedure.
  2. Low Pain Threshold
    Metal instruments scraping at plague and poking your teeth is too painful an experience for some. It bridges on brutality without proper pain management. We understand. When the pain is too daunting a fear, it’s a good idea to seek a solution.
  3. Invasiveness
    Gum gardening and tooth carpentry is happening right inside your mouth. Dentists are all in your space, possibly violating it. It is important to take action for yourself.
  4. Sounds and Smells
    Are your senses on high alert at the dentist? When you become hyper aware, the antiseptic smell is doubled, triggering more anxiety. Avoid all of that and stop suffering.
  5. Hates Needles
    They’re long and pointy and terrifying. Are they nightmarish to you–do they make your skin crawl? Any kind of oral surgery usually requires general anesthesia administered via a needle. Express your fear, and take a different route.
  6. Numb Resistance
    When general anesthesia just doesn’t work, other options are a necessity in order to painlessly undergo oral care treatment.
  7. Physical Limitations
    Some patients experience chronic or acute jaw soreness or have back or neck problems that prevent them from sitting in a dentist chair for an extended period of time. In which case, it is better to keep it short and simple.

 

Overall, anxiety is a large concern for a lot of people who need to go to the dentist. And putting it off for an extended amount of time will ultimately result in damage to your oral health. It is time to take action for you, and rely on a trustworthy dentist like Dr. DeFinnis with over 15 years of experience with sleep dentistry in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Call Wynnwood Dental Arts today and start the process of sleep dentistry in Upper Darby, PA! (610)-642-0139.

 

 

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