Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. In this blog post from Neal C. Johnson DMD in Billings, we offer two ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.
Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that simple.
Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and straightforward approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.
At Neal C. Johnson DMD in Billings, we encourage all our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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