Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. The team at the Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte are committed to helping patients maintain good dental hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.
WIth that in mind, we are offering two good ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.
Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
As you lie in bed after a long thankless day, and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times. Mentally review how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. See if that motivates you to jump up and give your mouth two minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning.
Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and simple approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content, the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.
Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.
We know a long day of work or play can wear anyone out. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will lessen buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.
The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte offers general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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