You’re in a dark bathroom and you feel groggy. Where’s the light switch? For some reason you can’t explain, you reach up and pull a string dangling from the ceiling. The light is on. You’re in front of a mirror. You smile… and you have no teeth!
This nightmare could become reality if you don’t take care of your pearly whites before visiting The Sandman.
More than 600 types of bacteria are in your mouth at any given time. For most of us, eating, drinking, producing saliva, and swallowing help flush out oral bacteria so that they remain under control during the day. However, if you go to sleep without brushing and flossing, the debris in your mouth becomes a bountiful feast for bacteria. They grow, thrive, and reproduce like little monsters while you’re sound asleep.
All that bacteria increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease — the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States.
To reduce the potential of making your mouth a bacteria breeding ground, brush, floss, and rinse with alcohol-free antimicrobial mouthwash (like Listerine) before bed. Because foods and drinks make tooth enamel soften, wait a few hours after dinner before brushing. After your nightly oral hygiene routine, avoid drinking anything but water, and don’t munch on snacks, until you wake the next morning.
If you suffer from excessive plaque, bad breath (halitosis), or a high rate of tooth decay, talk with Dr. Fondriest about ways to balance your oral pH and control oral bacteria. Dr. Fondriest is located in Lake Forest, IL, and we’re accepting new patients today.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States