Acquiring adequate sleep is an essential factor in maintaining good health. At McMillan & Associates, our elite dentists serving Alexandria and Burke provide some important reminders on how to keep smiles in tip-top shape even while sleeping.
1. Brush Teeth—The flow of saliva is often lower while sleeping than when awake. Brushing teeth before retiring for the night protects tooth enamel, and limits the production of plaque.
2. Floss—Thoroughly cleaning between teeth removes unwanted food debris, and cleans the areas of the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.
3. Clean Tongue— The grooves and tiny hairs on the back of the tongue harbor bacteria. Clean the tongue at night using either a tongue scraper or toothbrush. Making sure to clean all the way to the back portion of the tongue helps to limit bacterial growth and nasty morning breath.
4. Night Guards—Teeth grinding while sleeping can damage the integrity of teeth. A custom-made mouth guard can keep teeth safe and limit the development of TMD.
Maintaining a sparkling, healthy looking smile is a 24-7 assignment, but it’s well worth the effort. This pro-active attitude also includes scheduling regular cleanings and check-ups with your highly skilled dentists in Alexandria. Contact Dr. McMillan and his team today, and keep your smile healthy both day and night.