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June 21, 2017

Brushing in the morning is an essential part of many people’s daily routines, allowing them to go through their day with good fresh breath and clean teeth.

It is also important, if not more so, to brush your teeth each night before going to bed. At Clear Creek Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping our patients maintain healthy smiles through prevention and education. We have created this guide to help you understand what happens when you go to bed without brushing.

Bacterial Growth

While not always intentional, the overconsumption of sugar is incredibly common in the US. Studies have shown that, on average, a single person consumes 756 grams of sugar in a five-day span. This is equivalent to drinking 20 cans of soda. If you fail to brush before sleeping, oral bacteria use the sugar particles to grow and reproduce.

As bacteria grow, they create acid, which then slowly breaks down dental enamel and irritates the soft tissues. This process is what causes cavities, gum disease, and bad breath and taste that you may experience when you wake in the morning.

Is Morning Brushing Enough?

While patients may feel that brushing in the morning is enough to curb bacterial growth or decay, this is rarely the case. The formation of plaque throughout the night causes damage that cannot be corrected through brushing in the morning. While brushing and flossing break up plaque and remove bacteria from the surface of the teeth, damage that has already occurred from acid buildup cannot be corrected by cleaning your smile the next morning.

Brush Twice a Day and Visit Your Dentist

It is essential that you brush your teeth before bed and twice a day overall. Even when you are ready to sleep after a long day of work, this simple hygiene habit can be the difference between maintaining good oral health for a lifetime and the need for extensive restorative care.

In addition to brushing, visiting the dentist for regular exams and cleanings helps prevent decay and gum disease. Contact our Killeen dentist today to schedule your exam and remain confident in the health of your smile.