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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. 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.

If this plaque is not removed from your teeth and gums, it will harden into what is called tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque and should only be removed by a professional. A buildup of plaque will also trick your body into thinking it has an infection. Your body’s response will be to attack the infection, but unfortunately, it will not be able to remove the tartar. Ultimately, this will make your body work 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 dentist, Dr. Lyudmila Shur, and our team will be able to help. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, simply call Dr. Shur Dental at 425-741-2030. We are eager to receive your call!