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Time to Upgrade Your Nighttime Oral Hygiene Routine

May 15, 2023
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Your dentist must have shared the importance of a good oral health care regime before hitting the bed. Robyn Moreno has shared seven tips on upgrading this routine. Read on to find Ashraf Dentistry’s explanations about how these tips can help you. (Source: Everyday Health, 7 Nighttime Tips for Improving Your Oral Health, by Robyn Moreno, November 9, 2021, https://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/nighttime-oral-care/tips-oral-health.aspx ).


Brush in the night

Robyn Moreno suggests preventing tooth decay, plaque buildup, and gum disease. It is advisable to brush before going to bed.

Ashraf Dentistry says, “For those who are prone to cavities and gum disease, dental professionals suggest brushing twice in the evening. First, after dinner, and then again right before bedtime.”

Take your time

Robyn Moreno says that dentists recommend a gentle back-and-forth motion in short strokes as the most effective way to clean your teeth.

Ashraf Dentistry. elaborates, “Start by brushing the outer surfaces of your teeth, then move to the inner surfaces. Finish with the chewing areas. When cleaning the back area of your front teeth, use the tip of the brush with a gentle up-and-down stroke.”

Use an electric toothbrush

Robyn Moreno believes that the rotating and oscillating motion of an electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush.

Ashraf Dentistry. agrees, “When selecting an electric toothbrush, ensure it is comfortable to hold, easy to use, and equipped with a rotating-oscillating head.”

Floss everyday

Robyn Moreno explains that flossing eliminates food particles and soft plaque, preventing bacterial growth overnight. Failure to remove these particles can lead to tartar formation, which only a dentist or hygienist can remove during a professional cleaning.

Ashraf Dentistry suggests, “While nightly flossing suffices for most individuals, those prone to gum disease or tartar buildup should also floss in the morning, as advised by dental professionals.”

Use mouthwash

According to Robyn Moreno, mouthwash is not only beneficial for fresh breath, but therapeutic mouth rinses contain specific ingredients that can make the teeth strong and treat oral health issues. Using a therapeutic mouthwash before sleeping can prevent plaque buildup, cavities, and gingivitis.

Ashraf Dentistry. adds, “In contrast, cosmetic mouthwashes available commercially mainly eliminates bad breath and do not contribute significantly to oral health. Consult your dentist to choose the appropriate mouthwash for you.”

Avoid grinding your teeth

Robyn Moreno shares that grinding teeth during sleep can lead to increased tooth sensitivity, worn tooth enamel, or torn cheek tissue. While dentists cannot prevent teeth grinding, they can provide a mouthguard to be worn at night.

Ashraf Dentistry. explains, “Botox Therapeutics can help treat teeth grinding by relaxing the muscles responsible for the condition. The treatment involves injecting Botox into the masseter muscle, which is the primary muscle used for chewing. This muscle’s relaxation reduces hyperactivity and pressure on the teeth and jaw, preventing jaw clenching and teeth grinding. The effects last several months, and the treatment can be repeated if necessary. It’s crucial to have Botox therapeutics administered by a qualified healthcare professional.”

Visit your dentist

Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and fillings are essential to maintaining oral health. Remember, preventive care, as well as maintenance, along with a proper day and nighttime oral hygiene practices, are equally vital for a healthy mouth.

Ashraf Dentistry reiterates, “With regular visits, your dentist will be able to catch a problem faster and offer solutions. Starting from basic cleanings and fillings to advanced treatments like Botox Therapeutics, are all available at your dentist.”


Ashraf Dentistry concludes, “Having a disciplined oral health care routine is of utmost importance. Use the right dental products and maintain their upkeep. In addition to this, regular cleanings and fillings help keep major oral health problems at bay.”

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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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