Dangers of Forgetting to Brush Before Bed on a Regular Basis
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Elmwood Dental Group
Do you sometimes come home from work or just running errands and pass out? Occasionally falling asleep without remembering to brush your teeth first happens to all of us. However, if this becomes your norm, this could lead to problems for your teeth for a long time to come.
Forgetting to brush your teeth once in the morning and once in the evening may happen now and again, but you need to make sure it stays an irregular occurrence.
Your Teeth Need to Be Cleaned Often
Your teeth are strong – incredibly strong, in fact. The enamel on your teeth is the strongest substance within the human body. However, they need help to stay that way. They need you to keep them clean and keep the debris and bacteria native to your mouth off of them. The longer bacteria sit on your teeth, the more damage they can do. As the bacteria get hungry, they eat away at your enamel. This leads to tooth decay and can even lead to tooth loss.
There may be times where you will always come home and need to pass out right away. If this becomes the normal routine of your life, then make alternative arrangements. Try and brush your teeth two times a day when you are at home, even if that means not right before bed. Go with two times that are as close to 12 hours apart as possible.
That way, you protect your teeth, and can still pass out when you need to. Leaving teeth dirty when you go to sleep is not a good plan, but if you have to, then make sure to make alternative arrangements so your teeth can be as clean as possible. Also, let us know when you come in for your next appointment that you have issues with the timing of your brushing so we can keep track of any early signs of erosion on your teeth.
At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, our office is both parking and wheel chair accessible.