How bad is it to go to bed without brushing your teeth?

Normally we brush our teeth well before bedtime. But how bad is it if you forget it or miss it because you are too tired or lazy?

How bad is it to go to bed without brushing your teeth?
Normally we brush our teeth well before bedtime. But how bad is it if you forget it or miss it because you are too tired or lazy?

How bad is it to go to bed without brushing your teeth?

 

We brush our teeth well before bedtime. But how bad is it if you skip it once?

 

Not bad, we read on the Greatist. Or rather, it's okay if you don't brush your teeth just before you go to bed. As long as you don't eat or drink anything after your last brush. At night, your teeth are more vulnerable to bacteria because you produce less saliva that protects your teeth. And bacteria love food and drink residues.

 

Twice a day

The longer bacteria in the mouth have the chance to multiply, the more plaque there is - the main cause of cavities and gum problems. Coffee, alcohol and other drinks (with the exception of water) are also food for bacteria. Dentists therefore recommend brushing your teeth twice every 24 hours.

 

Fluoride more exposure time

But the exact time you do this is of less importance, says dentist Kimberly Harms. In fact, the more time there is between the last cleaning and bedtime, the better! This gives the fluoride in the toothpaste more time to do its work, a natural substance that makes the teeth and molars less vulnerable to acid attacks by bacteria.

 

Wait a while to brush

But don't run straight to the bathroom when you've just eaten. Every meal increases the acidity in your mouth, making your tooth enamel temporarily weaker and more vulnerable. Dentists advise not to insert more than seven eating times per day (including drinks and juices). Your saliva neutralizes this acid, but it takes thirty minutes for that. Therefore, wait at least half an hour after the meal before brushing your teeth. On a normal working day it is recommended to brush your teeth before breakfast.

 

Help! Forgotten anyway!

Do you forget to brush your teeth once before you go to bed? Do not panic. According to Kimberly Harms it takes quite a long time for plaque to harden and with an extra good cleaning you can simply get plaster from a day old away. That means that you have to brush longer: with four instead of the usual two minutes, the dentist says you are in the right place.