The most common times people stop to brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. Common concerns that come with this routine involve hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion.
Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. Many Mt. Vernon families face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, some have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule generally disrupts regular dental maintenance.
Many Alexandria workers have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of Alexandria’s job market and the greater variety in shift schedules we see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion and often sleep takes priority over consistent brushing – either morning or night.
The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth without vigilant attention.
Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish with water immediately after consuming acidic foods to cut down the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.
Drs. Geren & Mady’s hygiene staff at Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry has been assisting Virginia families since 1983 to prevent hiccups in their dental routines. See how we demonstrate professional and educated instruction at https://www.cosmeticdentistalexandria.com/about-us/about-dr-geren/.
Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry provides more than just cosmetic dentistry or family dentistry. The key is to stay on top of the critical habits that you can control. We can help you make sense of the other stuff.
Regular checkups are vital for catching decay, infection or other troubles early so let us make an appointment for your next preventative visit and keep those hiccups from causing permanent damage. Call us at 703-360-5881 to schedule!
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