What you Need in Your Morning Dental Routine

Posted on: February 15, 2018

Dental RoutineIf you are like most people, you dread your morning dental routine.  You probably want your coffee and a hot shower as quickly as possible.  The last thing on your mind is preparing your mouth for the day ahead.

However, those who take the time to follow a nuanced morning dental care routine enjoy improved oral health and beauty.

Here is a look at what your morning dental routine should consist of.

How to Start Your Morning: Brush the Entirety of Your Mouth

Begin your morning dental routine with a brushing of your teeth.  Brush your chompers with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.  Use a fluoridated toothpaste.  Brush for a full two minutes with light pressure.

When in doubt, stay on the side of applying less pressure than you think is necessary in order to preserve your tooth enamel.  Be sure to clean your tongue, cheeks, the roof of your mouth and your gums.

Rinse With Mouthwash

Your morning brushing should be followed by a rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash designed to combat cavities.  You will rely on your mouthwash to clean those spaces between teeth that your toothbrush bristles cannot reach.  Choose a mouthwash that is antibacterial so it can combat all of that pesky bacteria on your teeth, gums and tongue.

Mouthwash will also freshen up your breath for the day.  You will feel more alert, happy and social once you swish mouthwash around in your mouth for half a minute or so.  Spit the mouthwash back out into the sink once you are done swishing it around.  

Do not Rinse With Water

Most people grew up in families that habitually rinsed their mouths with water following brushing.  This is a mistake!  Let the toothpaste remain on your teeth until your next snack or meal.  Toothpaste with fluoride will strengthen your tooth enamel.

Thus, do not rinse it away with water after brushing.  It might feel a bit odd to leave toothpaste in your mouth after brushing yet it really is in your best interest to let toothpaste work its magic.

The Optimal Morning Dental Routine Involves the Consumption of Particular Foods and Beverages

The foods and beverages you consume in the morning play a major role in your oral health.  Certain beverages and foods benefit the mouth more than others.  As an example, apples, cheese, yogurt and tea benefit oral health in one way or another.  Even swishing coconut oil in your mouth between cleanings will help eliminate bacteria and keep your mouth fresh.  

When in a bind, eat an apple or at least a few apple slices.  Apples are fantastic for cleaning the teeth, general oral health and biological health.  Apples even clean the gums, freshen up the breath and strengthen the body.  Try to eat your breakfast before you brush and rinse with mouthwash.  This way, you can clean away those little bits of food and bacteria remaining following your breakfast.

Call us at (225) 663-1793 for more information from Sandefer Premier Dental or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in Denham Springs.