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 super cut and dried. Many 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 frequently disrupts regular dental maintenance.
Many people have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of the 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.
Dr. John Han’s hygiene staff at Expressions Dental Care has been assisting Virginia families since 2015 to prevent hiccups in their dental routines. See how we demonstrate professional and educated instruction at https://www.restonvadentist.com/blog/.
Expressions Dental Care provides more than just cosmetic dentistry or family dentistry. In addition to sleep apnea/snoring treatment, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, and family dentistry there is hygiene education, teeth whitening and cleanings to be discussed. Sure, the cost of cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers, invisalign braces and dental bridges can all seem confusing. The key is to stay on top of the important habits that you can control. We can help you make sense of the other stuff.
Regular checkups are essential for catching decay, infection or other issues early so let us make an appointment for your next preventative visit and keep those hiccups from causing permanent damage. Call us at 703-539-5008 to schedule!
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