Brushing Before Bed is the Most Important Time of the Day
Posted on 5/20/2019 by VistaDental
You probably grew up hearing your mother telling you to brush your teeth after every meal, upon rising, and before going to bed. And, chances are, you probably ignored at least some of that advice. However, it really is important to brush your teeth at least twice each day, and the most important time to do it is before you go to bed.
The Role of Saliva
To understand why you should brush before going to sleep, you have to understand how saliva works in your mouth. In a normal mouth, saliva flows around all day long. This helps to reduce the levels of bacteria in the mouth—and those bacteria are what cause tooth decay.
Saliva in the Sleeping Mouth
When you go to sleep, one thing that happens is your mouth produces less saliva. Less saliva means less of a constant wash, meaning more bacteria (and more damage to your teeth).
Because your saliva production decreases when you are sleeping, it is much more important to start out the night with a clean mouth. Properly brushing and flossing your teeth right before you turn in for the evening is a key way to reduce the bacteria levels in your mouth.
As always, if you are for some reason unable to brush, you should still get some clean water and vigorously swish it around in your mouth. Even this small act can help rinse away excess bacteria (and the food particles they eat), helping to keep your mouth in better shape than not brushing at all.
Brush Before Going to Bed
Given this, it is easy to see that brushing before you sleep is probably the single most important time to brush in your day. So try to heed your mother's advice, at least on this one matter. Your teeth will be healthier for it.