By – Dr Rajeev Chitguppi, Head of Research & Innovations, ICPA Health Products Ltd.
We consume a variety of diets ranging from solids to liquids and, every food and its ingredients have a different effect on the teeth. Certain types of food are sticky and their particles get trapped between the teeth while others do not wash off easily. Merely rinsing the mouth after meals may not be enough to get rid of harmful deposits from the teeth and the mouth, in general. When food particles settle between the gaps of teeth for a long duration, it helps bacteria grow causing tooth decay and gum infections.
So, it is highly recommended that individuals brush at least twice a day to ensure that the mouth is washed thoroughly and teeth remain healthy.
Brushing at night before going to bed is important for several reasons:
1. Removes plaque
During the day, food particles and bacteria accumulate in the mouth and form a sticky film called plaque. If this plaque isn’t removed, it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing at night prevents the tissues from coming in contact with a bacterial plaque for the next 6 to 7 hours and ensures good oral health.
2. Reduces the risk of cavities
While sleeping, mouth produces less saliva which can make teeth more vulnerable to decay. Brushing at night helps to remove the bacteria that can cause cavities.
3. Helps to prevent gum disease
Gum disease is a common oral health problem that can lead to tooth loss and other complications. Brushing at night helps to remove the plaque and bacteria that can cause gum disease.
4. Prevents bad breath
Brushing at night helps to remove the food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. This can help you wake up feeling refreshed and confident.
5. Reduces anxiety & stress
One can practice mindfulness while brushing teeth in the night. Toothbrushing with mindfulness helps you focus your attention on the sensations, sounds, and movements involved in the toothbrushing and alleviate the feelings of anxiety and stress.
It is recommended that you brush teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime, for optimal oral health.