Family Dentistry: Guide to Nighttime Oral Care and Dental Appointments


Maintaining oral health via brushing and flossing isn’t just a daytime task, because your mouth needs care and protection at night too. Oral care at night is imperative because while you’re asleep, the bacteria in the mouth tend to increase when you are not swallowing. If you and your family don’t practice proper oral hygiene before going to bed, the chances of developing dental issues or gum diseases and that dreaded morning breath are significantly increased.

Basically, there are three key steps to nighttime oral care—brushing, mouthwash, and flossing in no specific order. The idea stems from making sure there are no leftover food particles in your mouth for bacteria to feed off on and breakdown throughout the night. As long you are able to accomplish these steps, the order of how you carry them out doesn’t really matter.
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