Too tired to touch a toothbrush. We’ve all been there. Your dental health is important to us at OKC Smiles, so we’re offering two fabulous ideas for those Oklahoma City nights when the only thing you care about is collapsing into bed.
See if these ideas are enough to get you to prop your eyes open, and find your toothbrush and toothpaste.
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. It only takes 48 hours, at most, before they 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 easy.
Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and simple 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. If brushing isn’t going to happen soon after drinking something sugary, like soda or coffee, rinse your mouth out with water.
Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth. So do bread and crackers. Keep this in mind, and commit to taking care of the particles as soon as possible.
With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are too tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing when you’re yawning and fading, and have to choose between settling into bed or spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.
We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will curtail buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.
Some smile problems can be prevented and some can’t. We are happy to help with general and cosmetic dentistry, and for our patients with anxiety, sedation dentistry. Our OKC Smiles office in Oklahoma City is also equipped for wheelchair users. A consultation can open your eyes to the possibilities for your dental health.
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