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    5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Oral Health Right Now

    William C. Kenner V, DDS
    • 1) Brush your teeth before bed. Many people find themselves busy throughout the day and end up only brushing once a day. At a minimum, you should be brushing twice a day, with the most crucial time to brush being before bed. This ensures all the food accumulated during the day is removed. When we sleep, our mouths dry out from a combination of the body naturally decreasing the amount of saliva production, and mouth breathing / snoring. When this happens, the protective effects of saliva are minimized and bacteria normally found in the mouth proliferate and feed off of the day’s food. The more bacteria growing during the night, the more acid they produce, which is what breaks down enamel and leads to cavities.

      By simply investing a few extra minutes a day to brushing before bed, you can make a significant impact on the time spent needing fillings. And don’t forget to change your tooth brush every 3 months or when the bristles appear flattened or splayed! ... Step Two