The most common times people stop to brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. It’s a good routine for dental health. Common concerns that come with this routine involve hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion.
Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. Many Owensboro families face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, some have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule commonly disrupts regular dental maintenance.
Many Hartford workers have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of Owensboro’s job market and the greater variety in shift schedules we see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion and often sleep takes priority over consistent brushing – either morning or night.
The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth without vigilant attention.
Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish with water immediately after consuming acidic foods to diminish the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.
Regular checkups are important for dental health, so let us make an appointment for your next visit and keep those hiccups from causing permanent damage. Thompson & Frey provides cosmetic and family dentistry.