On Wednesday, your Chicago dentist had a patient return to follow up on his dental procedure. We were evaluating how the gums responded after the patient’s gum treatment.
When we first saw the patient his gums were bleeding whenever he flossed and brushed. He had made a dramatic improvement but there were still areas were the bleeding continued.
He later admitted that many times he went to bed without brushing or flossing his teeth. His days are so long that when he gets home he’s exhausted and just wants to get to bed.
He also noted that the morning is when he flosses and brushes because his day is way more predictable then. I congratulated him because flossing every day is a great thing and is totally improving his gum health.
Your Chicago dentist then added that the most effective time to brush and floss is at night.
During the day a person’s saliva helps clean the mouth. Also, saliva has enzymes that attack bacteria in the mouth. Essentially, saliva is the mouths defense mechanism.
At night, while we are sleeping our mouth dries out and our saliva flow decreases dramatically. This makes our teeth more susceptible to decay and to gum disease. The reason is that the lack of saliva is no longer fighting off bacteria in the mouth.
One way to combat this is to brush and floss just before you go to bed. In order for the bacteria to survive, it needs food. The plaque on your teeth is the bacteria’s food.
By eliminating the plaque by brushing and flossing, you reduce the bacteria count in your mouth while you sleep. At night, your mouth is most susceptible to develop cavities and gum disease.
If you would like to schedule a consultation appointment with your Chicago Dentist, please call 773-292-1911. Ask for Katie or Zhana and let them know you’d like to set up a consultation appointment.
Floss like a madman!
Emilio “Salivameister” Couret