Too tired to touch a toothbrush? Cary Family Dental in Cary and Dr. Allan Acton are committed to helping patients throughout the Holly Springs, Apex, NC, and Morrisville neighborhoods to maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance. On our blog today we are offering two fabulously quick ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night to prevent tooth decay.
Idea #1: Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long day at work or class, sometimes you’ll lie in bed and realize you forgot to brush your teeth. If so, then drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while thinking about how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at your teeth. Hopefully, this motivates you to jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that easy.
Idea #2 : Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and manageable approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need to brush your teeth. Swish with water after coffee, tea, or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to taking care of the particles as soon as possible.
Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of having to deal with tooth decay later. We understand that a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will curtail buildup and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.
Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with dentures, emergency dental care, KoR whitening, dental crowns, or sedation dentistry. Come visit our comfortable office and we’ll help with any dental problems we can. Contact us at 919-371-4428 for an appointment or visit our website. If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.