The Importance Of Nighttime Brushing

The Importance Of Nighttime Brushing
Posted on 07/03/2018

little girl brushing teethAt Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids, Chicago’s kid’s dentist, we want all of our patients to have a strong nighttime oral hygiene routine, no matter how little they are. Our dentists and staff understand it can be difficult, especially for the young ones. But, if we set a correct dental hygiene routine now, while they are children, then they will have a great foundation for life! Let’s make the best of bedtime brushing and flossing. For questions or concerns, call Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids, conveniently serving Logan Square, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Why Do We Need To Brush At Nighttime?

For many children, they may not understand the full depth of brushing their teeth and why it's necessary. That’s why we, the pediatric dentists and the parents, need to work hard to ensure our little patients are brushing effectively and correctly every night. When we sleep, out metabolism and saliva production slows down. And, our mouths cannot clean themselves like they usually do during the day, which creates an environment that bacteria like. We want to avoid this bacteria completely. If we are not brushing correctly before bed, this bacteria will build up to eventually create cavities, tooth decay, and other dental issues.

Maximize Your Nighttime Brushing!

As your pediatric dentist in Chicago, we recommend four easy steps to maximize your child’s nighttime brushing and flossing routine.

  • Always brush before bed: use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush every surface of your teeth for a full two minutes. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can do an effective job.
  • Brush the full mouth: bacteria can live anywhere in our mouths, that’s why it’s essential we brush the entire mouth! Be sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to avoid bacteria build up.
  • Floss: flossing is absolutely crucial. Bacteria can live and thrive in the small spaces between our teeth, we do not want this. Ensure your child is flossing between each tooth every night to prevent cavities.
  • Avoid eating & drinking: after you have brushed your teeth, please avoid eating or drinking anything except for water. If you do have something more to eat or drink, you will need to start your nightly oral hygiene process over again.

Call Your Logan Square, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park Pediatric Dentist Today!

Do you have questions about your child’s brushing and flossing routine? Call Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids in Chicago today! Our pediatric dentists and staff will be more than happy to help you, and go over some tips and tricks for excellent oral hygiene, even with braces! We want your child to have a bright, beautiful smile and this begins with effective brushing at home. ContactChicago’s kid’s dentist in Logan Square, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park today! We look forward to your next appointment!