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Usually, it’s fairly easy to brush your teeth as a part of your morning routine, but did you know that many people forget to brush their teeth right before they go to bed. As you can probably guess, this can lead to a number of negative consequences.

A dry mouth creates an environment where acid and bacteria can thrive. At night, your mouth produces even less saliva than during the day. In other words, when you don’t brush at night, your mouth will be dryer than normal. When this happens, the extra bacteria and acid will attack your teeth, leading to problems like tooth decay, and cavities.  

If plaque isn’t removed from your mouth, it can harden into tartar, which will irritate your gum line. To make matters worse, if you have a buildup of plaque, your body will assume it has an infection. To counter the infection, your body will work harder, ultimately resulting in you being more tired. Unfortunately, regardless of how hard your body works, it won’t be able to remove tartar buildup, so you’ll need to visit a dentist to remove it.

In other words, remembering to brush and floss before you fall asleep can actually protect your smile. Fortunately, if you forget every to care for your teeth at night occasionally, you probably won’t be putting your smile in danger—but every time you forget, you put your smile at risk.

If you have any questions or concerns, our dentist, Dr. J. Whitley Wills, and our team in Memphis, Tennessee will be able to help. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, simply call our dental team at 901-726-9525. We are eager to receive your call.