When it comes to caring for your oral health, your morning mouth routine is essential for keeping both your gums and teeth healthy. Although you may not eat or drink anything as you sleep, the bacteria that is present in the mouth can reproduce and causes morning breath to develop. If you want to improve the care of your oral hygiene, there are a few steps to include with your morning mouth routine.
Floss Before Brushing
New findings suggest that flossing before you begin brushing your teeth can be the best protection against plaque. Interdental cleaning removes small food particles that are lodged between the teeth, which can be brushed away once they’re loosened. Flossing shouldn’t be neglected because brushing only cleanses three of the five different areas on the teeth. Brushing alone can’t reduce the risk of developing gum disease, making it necessary to make flossing a normal part of your routine.
You’ll also want to brush and floss your teeth before you eating breakfast in the morning to ensure that all of the bacteria is removed and not ingested.
Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
The type of toothbrush that you use will determine how much damage occurs to your teeth as you brush each morning. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush that is less abrasive. The toothbrush should also be replaced every two to three months to ensure that the bristles are effective in eliminating bacteria on the teeth. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and avoid applying too much pressure.
Use Toothpaste with Flouride
Choose toothpaste that contains fluoride, which is known to strengthen the teeth and can reduce decay that occurs due to bacteria. Although tap water contains fluoride, it isn’t enough to protect your teeth over time, making it necessary to use a toothpaste product with fluoride or even take fluoride supplements regularly.
Use an Anti-bacterial Mouth Rinse
Because bacteria is most prevalent in the mouth in the morning, it’s important to end your morning routine with the use of an anti-bacterial rinse. Mouthwash is effective to use because it will kill any bacteria that is still present after you floss and brush to ensure that you thoroughly cleanse the mouth and gums.
Feel free to contact our team today at the Implantation Center in Plantation, Florida to learn more about how you can perform a thorough morning routine when it comes to having proper oral hygiene. You can contact us at 954-476-0770 or submit a contact form on our website. Dr. Hervas is an active member of the American Dental Association and a former Associate Professor and Director of the Pre-doctoral Implant Program.