Almost everyone has a night routine that they do before going to bed. Hopefully, EVERYONE includes a good brushing and flossing after all snacks and drinks are consumed. You hear it from your hygienist and your dentist..."Brush twice a day for two minutes each time."
Did you know that one of the most important times to brush is right before going to bed? This includes napping!
When you are sleeping, your mouth slows the production of saliva. This drier environment allows for bacteria to attack any sugar/starch particles remaining on your teeth. This creates more acid, which wears down the enamel protecting teeth. When the breakdown becomes significant, a cavity is formed.
If you like your dessert at the end of the night, but do not brush and go straight to bed, the sugar and starches are breeding grounds for the bacteria to thrive.
It is also important to limit sipping on sugary and acidic drinks or eating snacks ALL DAY LONG. Give your teeth a break! Drinking water throughout the day helps because it helps wash away the acid and buildup of bacteria.
So enjoy your late night snack...just be sure to brush and floss right before going to bed!
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Ali Jones, D.D.S. - Dentist