Brush Before Bed
While those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease and cavities should brush their teeth after every meal, it is particularly important for everyone to ensure they give their mouth the best possible clean before going to bed. Doing so helps to prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque, the two main causes of all of our oral problems. Using a good mouthwash is also a very good idea, with special importance given to a therapeutic mouthwash which contains ingredients which can help strengthen teeth and minimise other oral health conditions. It is worth noting that there is a significant difference between these and the standard over the counter mouthwashes, many of which do little more than address bad breath.
Talk To Your Dentist
Your local dentist can advise you on which oral hygiene products provide the best levels of protection, and which are of lesser value. He can also provide tips on the best brushing methods, where the standard form is for the front first, then the back, followed by the chewing surfaces. There is little doubt that an electric toothbrush helps to give a better level of cleaning than with a normal brush, as the rotary and oscillating action removes plaque extremely efficiently. A common mistake made by many is that while they brush two or more times day, they do not do so for long enough. Across the country, pretty much every dentist in Sydney CBD to Cape York will tell you that at least two minutes each time is needed to achieve a good clean.
The space between teeth is the perfect building ground for bacteria, and it is very difficult for a toothbrush to get into every nook and cranny there, so good and regular flossing is an extremely important part of dental hygiene. Failing to do so, is like washing your hands, but not cleaning the dirt away from under your nails, leaving germs ready to come into contact with any food that we might handle. Flossing needs to be done properly to ensure that you get to the germs stuck between the teeth. This should be done in a C shaped motion, wrapping the floss against the tooth.
Change Your Brush
Regardless of what sort of toothbrush you are using, it will, like everything, gradually deteriorate and start to provide you with a less efficient clean each time. Make a note of when you bought your toothbrush and change it every few months. Cleaning your teeth does still leave bacteria very much present on your tongue, so buying a brush with a tongue scraper on the reverse, will not only remove more of the bacteria in your mouth, but will have the added bonus of making your breath much fresher too.
Avoid Snacking Before Bed
According to articles on how to properly care for your teeth in the evening, brushing your pearly whites at night is not going to amount to naught unless you decide to get a midnight snack, which is going to leave your mouth full of sugar and food remains, the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Sleeping on a full stomach is inadvisable in the first place, but if you have to do it, make sure to thoroughly clean your teeth again before you sleep, to avoid double the penalty.