Forget to brush your teeth this morning?

19 Sep 2016

We all know how important it is to brush our teeth twice a day, but how many of us actually stick to it? Brushing first thing can be easily neglected when you are caught in a morning rush, however, not cleaning your teeth twice a day can really affect your oral health. If you still need convincing, here are four good reasons to start brushing your teeth every morning.

Brushing once just is not enough

Over the course of the day, food residue and bacteria collects in your mouth which, if left uncleaned, can lead to plaque build-up and eventually tooth decay. Brushing your teeth before bed helps to remove the majority of bacteria from your mouth, however, it does not get rid of it all. That is why cleaning your teeth in the morning is essential, as it helps to eliminate the leftover bacteria and keep your teeth nice and healthy.

Bacteria can develop overnight

Even though you are not eating or drinking overnight, cavity-causing bacteria are still able to develop in your mouth. Without brushing your teeth, the next morning, these bacteria can start to damage the tooth’s surface over the course of the day. Regularly brushing both in the morning and at night helps to disrupt the bacteria and prevent them from decaying the tooth’s enamel.

Your teeth are more vulnerable in the morning

Your saliva acts as the first line of defence against tooth decay, however, as we sleep, our mouths tend to dry out leaving your teeth more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque. Brushing your teeth in the morning helps to renew the saliva in your mouth and remove damaging bacteria too, preparing your teeth for the day ahead.

Infrequent brushing can lead to tooth loss

We know that brushing your teeth twice a day can seem like a chore, but the consequences of not doing it could lead to problems such as enamel erosion, yellowing, decay or even tooth loss. Whilst there are plenty of dental solutions now available, such as tooth whitening or dental implants, maintaining good oral hygiene is extremely important for the well-being of your teeth, gums and general health.

For more information on oral health or tooth loss solutions, please get in touch with the Bath Spa Dentistry team.

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