This post from The Carrollton Dentist looks at dental care routines, and what happens when they’re interrupted.
The most common times people stop to brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. Common concerns that come with this routine involve hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion.
Sometimes after dinner isn’t guaranteed, though. Many of us face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, there are games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule frequently disrupts regular dental maintenance.
Many of us also have daily commutes or shift work to contend with. There are those 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 cut down the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.
At The Carrollton Dentist, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth that are free of decay. It’s important to brush and floss at least twice a day, and to see us for a checkup twice a year. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.
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