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Optimise your morning dental routine

August 18, 2023

Starting your day with a healthy dental routine sets the tone for maintaining optimal oral health throughout the day. With a few simple adjustments and additions to your morning routine, you can enhance your dental regime and enjoy a brighter, healthier smile.  According to the Oral Health Foundation, around 22% of Brits skip out on brushing their teeth in the morning, often claiming they’re running late and don’t have time. In this blog post, we share valuable tips to help you optimise your morning dental routine and achieve excellent oral health.

The Morning After the Night Before

Brushing your teeth before going to bed is paramount in removing germs and plaque that has accumulated throughout the day through food and drink consumption. Having a comprehensive night-time routine helps to prevent decay, gum disease, discolouration and damage to the enamel. 

Floss with Care

While flossing is typically associated with nighttime routines, consider adding it to your morning routine as well or choose another time of the day that is convenient to you as it doesn’t have to be done at the same time as brushing. Flossing before brushing helps to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth, promoting healthier gums and preventing cavities. Make it a habit to floss at least once a day, ensuring you reach all areas of your mouth.  

Brush with Precision

Brushing your teeth is the foundation of any effective dental routine. To optimise your brushing technique, we recommend the following:
  1. Use a soft to medium-bristled toothbrush: Firm bristles can damage your tooth enamel and irritate your gums. Opt for a soft to medium toothbrush to gently clean your teeth and gums.
  2. Brush for two minutes: Brushing for a full two minutes ensures that you thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth. Set a timer or use a toothbrush with a built-in timer to maintain consistency.
  3. Employ gentle, circular motion at the gumline: Avoid aggressive scrubbing as it can harm your gums. Instead, use gentle circular motions to clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. brush with precision:

Don’t Forget Your Tongue

Your tongue harbours bacteria that contribute to bad breath and oral health issues. Include tongue cleaning as part of your morning routine, by either using a tongue scraper or your toothbrush to gently remove the bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Rinse with Mouthwash

Mouthwash provides an extra layer of protection against oral bacteria, freshens your breath, and promotes healthy gums. Never use mouthwash directly after brushing – find another time to use it such as after lunch swishing with an antibacterial mouthwash for 30 seconds, making sure to reach all areas of your mouth. Choose an alcohol-free mouthwash for a gentler experience.

Hydrate Wisely

Staying hydrated is essential for overall health, including your oral health. Opt for water as your beverage of choice in the morning to help rinse away food particles, stimulate saliva production, and keep your mouth moist. Avoid sugary or acidic drinks, as they can contribute to tooth decay and enamel erosion.

Schedule Regular Dental Check-ups

No morning routine is complete without regular dental check-ups. Visiting your dentist at Exeter Advanced Dentistry every 6/12 months ensures early detection of dental issues and allows for timely treatment. Professional cleanings and examinations are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing future dental problems.

Book your Check-up

With a few simple adjustments, you can optimise your morning dental routine and set yourself up for excellent oral health. Remember, maintaining consistent oral care practices is the key. Schedule your appointment with our experts today for bespoke advice.

With a few simple adjustments and additions to your morning routine, you can enhance your dental regime and enjoy a brighter, healthier smile.