Whether you have a full mouth of natural teeth or prosthodontics, maintaining your oral health is still extremely important. Some people believe that because prosthetic teeth, like crowns or a bridge, are not susceptible to tooth decay like natural teeth, that it is okay to become lax with their oral hygiene. Gum disease can still arise without vigilant care. Advanced gum disease, periodontitis, can put a dental implant at risk. No matter what type of teeth you have in your mouth, your oral health is important. A routine before bed is a key component to a good oral hygiene regimen.
All day long, you eat and drink. Mindful choices may mean that you balance healthy, vitamin-filled food and drink with the occasional indulgence, but leaving even healthy food on your teeth when you sleep is a problem. While you are asleep, your saliva production comes to a near halt. Without saliva, your mouth becomes a desert hotbed where bacteria can thrive and repopulate. Any debris leftover from the day can be turned into harmful acid that can attack the enamel of your teeth. Throughout the day, drinking water and chewing sugarless gum can help to keep some leftovers away. But before you go to sleep, it is important to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. When you brush your teeth, it should last for two minutes and you should be sure to brush every surface of each tooth. Flossing between the teeth allows you the chance to clear away anything stuck or hiding.
The last thing to touch your mouth should be your toothbrush, floss, or water. That’s it. If you sneak in a midnight snack, it is important that you wash it away. Nighttime cough syrup is designed to coat your throat, which means it can coat your teeth. Save the brushing and flossing for after the medicine.
Talk to Dr. Carmona about more ways to protect your oral health. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.