Many of us know that we should brush our teeth at least twice a day. However, we tend to prioritize brushing our teeth during the day and forget about the night time.
Health professionals, on the other hand, encourage a habit of brushing your teeth before bed.
According to Rosette Uwimbabazi, a dentist at Inkuru Nziza Orthopedic Hospital, going to bed without brushing your teeth means your teeth are covered in bacteria all night.
Bacteria digest food residues on the teeth and under the gums. This can lead to various illnesses as well as other life threats. Going to bed without brushing your teeth can also lead to tooth decay, tooth decay and other gum diseases.
“When bacteria digest the food residue on the teeth and under the gums, the by-product is acid production that damages tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay. Saliva protects your teeth from harmful acids during the day. However, when you sleep, your body makes less saliva, which makes your mouth dry. A dry mouth increases the risk of tooth decay, especially if you go to bed without brushing your teeth, ”she says.
So, Uwimbabazi says that brushing your teeth before bed will help remove bacteria and plaque in your mouth and clear out any damage caused by decreased saliva production.
“If you do a cleaning exercise every night, it will prevent plaque from building up in the long run. Plaque is the yellow substance that builds up in your teeth, making them look dirty. It can also lead to various other dental problems if not treated in a timely manner. Therefore, brushing your teeth at night can save you a lot of expensive dentist visits in the long run, ”she says.
She advises people to brush their teeth at least twice a day and if possible three times, to reduce their sugar consumption, to have regular dental checkups at least twice a year and to stick to the correct brushing technique with fluoridated toothpaste.
“Just like brushing, how you brush is important. Make sure you are using a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth (including your tongue) for a total of two minutes or more. Use dental floss and mouthwash if you want to go the extra mile for your smile or your breath, ”she explains.
She also points out that brushing your teeth before bed reduces or regulates what is known as “morning breath,” which is due to the putrid smell of bacteria. Cleansing your mouth before bed will make it less likely that you will breathe in the morning.
Uwimbabazi also advises people who engage in activities such as smoking and drink a lot of coffee to reduce them as it is not good for their teeth and mouth breath.
She notes that brushing your teeth before bed is a crucial aspect for everyone, including children.
“Everyone who can eat should practice dental hygiene, even small children or breastfeeding babies should be kept clean with a good cloth or cotton wool,” she says.