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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 plaque isn’t removed from your mouth, it can harden into tartar, which will irritate your gum line. To make matters worse, if you have a buildup of plaque, your body will assume it has an infection. To counter the infection, your body will work harder, ultimately resulting in you being more tired. Unfortunately, regardless of how hard your body works, it won’t be able to remove tartar buildup, and you will need to visit a dentist to remove it.

We all want that perfect, white smile and brushing your teeth at night can help you achieve this goal. However, making mistakes is part of human nature, so if you do forget occasionally, you should be fine. In reality, trouble tends to occur when someone consistently forgets to brush at night.

As a final word of advice, please remember to brush in the morning as well. If you have any questions or concerns, our dentist, Dr. Joseph N. Falco, and our team will be able to help. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, please call Pennyrile Family Dentistry at 270-632-6404. We are eager to hear from you!