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Make oral care part of your nighttime routine

June 16, 2023
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Maintaining proper oral hygiene is a crucial element of overall well-being, and prioritizing the care of your teeth and gums is a fundamental component of your daily regimen. Ignoring oral health can result in significant dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss, necessitating expensive dental procedures like cleanings and fillings.


At Ashraf Dentistry, we understand the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene habits to prevent these issues. We will comment on the seven points discussed in Jennifer Archibald’s article, “Make Oral Care Part of Your Night Time Routine,” to help our patients achieve optimal oral health. (Source: Greatist, How Bad Is Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth, Really?, by Rachel Nussbaum, medically reviewed by Jennifer Archibald, DDS, November 20, 2020, https://greatist.com/live/brushing-teeth-before-bed#tips ).

Brush before bed

The article highlights the significance of brushing before going to bed to eliminate any food particles and plaque that may have accumulated during the day or late-night snacking. At Ashraf Dentistry, we recommend brushing twice daily for the recommended two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Brushing before bed is crucial because it removes the plaque and bacteria that have been accumulated throughout the day, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Remember to floss

Flossing is often overlooked but is just as crucial as brushing for maintaining good oral hygiene. Flossing removes plaque and stubborn food particles from between the teeth and gum line, which cannot be reached with a toothbrush alone. Ashraf Dentistry shares, “We recommend flossing once daily to prevent cavities and gum disease.”

Rinse with mouthwash

Mouthwash can be used as an additional tool to help maintain good oral hygiene. It can help kill bacteria and freshen your breath but should not replace brushing and flossing. At Ashraf Dentistry, we recommend using an antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing and flossing to reduce bacteria and promote healthy gums. As the article mentions rinsing your mouth with water is also beneficial after a meal.

Use the right toothbrush

Choosing the right toothbrush is essential for effective brushing. A soft-bristled brush is an excellent option as its gentle on the teeth and gums and can remove plaque without causing damage. At Ashraf Dentistry, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. This is beneficial for better access to all areas of the mouth. It’s often misunderstood that you must use a stiff toothbrush and brush with force to thoroughly clean your teeth; however, this is not the case.

Replace your toothbrush regularly

Replacing your toothbrush regularly is necessary to maintain optimal oral hygiene. Old toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and become less effective in removing plaque. We suggest replacing your toothbrush or electric toothbrush heads every three to four months. Suppose you are still determining when you began using your toothbrush. In that case, a good indication is to take note if the bristles are frayed, shares Ashraf Dentistry.

Don’t neglect your tongue

The tongue can harbor bacteria and cause bad breath if not cleaned properly. Engaging in tongue brushing or scraping can assist in eliminating bacteria and improve bad breath. At Ashraf Dentistry, we suggest using light pressure to delicately brush your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper.

Visit the dentist regularly

Routine visits to the dentist are vital for maintaining good oral health and hygiene. Professional cleanings and checkups can help detect any dental problems early and prevent further damage. At Ashraf Dentistry, to ensure ideal oral health, we suggest scheduling appointments with your dentist every six months.

In conclusion, following a regular nighttime oral hygiene routine can help prevent dental problems and promote overall health. At Ashraf Dentistry, we promote the adoption of diligent oral hygiene practices among our patients and emphasize the importance of routine dental checkups, exams, and cleanings to uphold optimal oral health.


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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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