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Usually, it’s fairly easy to brush your teeth as a part of your morning routine, but did you know that many people forget to brush their teeth right before they go to bed? As you can probably guess, this can lead to a number of negative consequences.

If you don’t brush at night, your mouth will become dry, creating a place for acid to thrive. Sadly, this makes it possible for more plaque to form in your mouth. Once this happens, bacteria will attack the outer layer of your teeth. This can ultimately lead problems such as cavities and tooth decay.

Unfortunately, if the plaque in your mouth is not removed, it will quickly turn into tartar. Tartar is the yellow, hardened plaque that forms between your teeth. Furthermore, it irritates your gum line and leads to diseases such as gum disease. Similarly, your body will try and counter the buildup of plaque, but it won’t be able to remove plaque or tartar–meaning your body is working harder for nothing.

In other words, remembering to brush and floss before you fall asleep can actually protect your smile. Fortunately, if you forget every to care for your teeth at night occasionally, you probably won’t be putting your smile in danger—but every time you forget, you put your smile at risk.

If you have any questions or concerns, our dentists, Dr. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer, and our dedicated team will be able to help. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, simply call Borgmeyer Dental at 314-351-6554. We are eager to receive your call!