While maintaining good oral health practices is something that you have to do everyday, many people brush in the morning and floss, rinse and brush at night. With more time to dedicate to their dental hygiene routine at night after work or school, they are able to pay specific attention to the areas of the the mouth that they don't have time to reach in the morning.

When it comes to your nightly routine, there are a few things that you should be doing to make sure you are taking the best possible care of your teeth. Here are a few tips to use as a part of your nighttime routine:

Brush: Brush after every meal, especially right before bed. This will help protect against plaque buildup, gum disease and tooth decay that can take root overnight. Best practice for healthy tooth care is to brush back and forth in gentle, small strokes.

Mouth Guard: If you know you grind your teeth, you should be using a mouth guard while you sleep. While they may not be the most attractive sleep accessory, they certainly will keep your smile looking pristine in the day time.

Floss: Flossing at least once a day will help protect your teeth from plaque that can build up from food particles between the teeth. For most people, flossing once a day is fine, but if you are prone to gum disease, you will want to build it into your routine more frequently.

To ensure that your teeth are well taken care of, be sure to always consult with a dental professional like those at Upper Eastside Orthodontists. Come see our New York City orthodontists for a consultation if you feel like your routine is not working to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. 

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