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Steps for Nighttime Oral Health Care

Having a clean mouth isn’t just a day job, it is just as important to practice good nighttime oral care!  Here is a fact for you (a gross one), when you sleep, you are not swallowing your saliva!  After eight hours of this, the number of bacteria in your mouth increases, and this leads to bad breath and plaque build-up.  When your mouth isn’t properly taken care of, it will lead to tooth decay or even gum disease.  Follow these steps to keep your mouth clean at night! 

EVERY NIGHT:  Brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash!  Best routine to establish and it will help prevent any future problems in the mouth. 


The best time to brush is after dinner and before you go to sleep.  This will clean your mouth of any plaque build-up and gives the bacteria in your mouth less to feed on.  Use ADA approved toothpaste along with proper brushing techniques.  Here is the best brushing technique:

  •  Brush with the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums
  • Gently brush back and forth: outer, inner and chewing surface of the teeth
  • Short strokes (as wide as a tooth)   Family Dentist Linwood NJ 08221
  • Turn the brush vertically when it is time to clean the inside of the front teeth.
  • Don’t forget the tongue!  Brush to rid it of any leftover bacteria and this also helps prevent bad breath!


Skipping flossing at night may feel like no big deal if you did it during your morning routine, but, it is a big deal!  Your toothbrush can’t reach everywhere—so flossing is needed to reach those areas!  When the plaque is not removed, bacteria feeds on it while you are asleep.  Plaque can also turn into tartar when it isn’t removed; and this can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist.  Family Dentist Linwood NJ 08221


Everyone here at Dr. Peter Wiesel's Dental office is SUPER excited to help you with all your dental needs. We pride ourselves on providing you with outstanding service and invite you to to come see why we are the Best of 2015 in Dental Care for New Jersey! Give us a call to schedule your appointment now! Contact us at 609-927-5300.

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