Are You Doing Enough For Your Smile Each Morning?

man brushing his teeth in the morningSome people are more eager than others to leave their bed and start their day. Even if you struggle to stay away from your snooze button, it is important that you make time for your smile each morning. One way to do this is by thoroughly brushing your teeth to clear away the harmful microbes that have built up in your mouth overnight. Another is to enjoy a healthy breakfast that limits your consumption of sugary products. Our St.Louis, MO dentist’s office is here to help patients prevent problems with their oral health. While routine dental cleanings and evaluations have a part to play in keeping you cavity-free, remember that your daily behaviors also matter!

How The Wrong Breakfast Choices Affect Your Smile

It is hard to keep up with the different types of cereal available, and it is important to note that many of them are worryingly high in sugar. These cereals, along with the assorted baked goods often enjoyed during breakfast, can raise your cavity risk if you regularly consume them. Of course, what you eat is only part of what you consume during the morning. Orange juice and other juice products may have more sugar than you realize. The acidity of juice is also a concern, because these beverages are able to soften enamel and make you more susceptible to tooth decay and teeth stains.

Make Sure Brushing Is A Consistent Part Of Your Morning Routine

You should be able to find at least two minutes for a thorough brushing of your teeth each morning. By doing so, you protect yourself against the oral bacteria that build up while you are at rest. Many people experience some degree of “morning breath,” an embarrassing issue with bad breath upon waking. This is a common issue because our bodies produce less saliva while we rest, which means our natural defense against oral bacteria is reduced during the night. If your morning brushing habits are infrequent or inconsistent, it becomes difficult to protect yourself against the formation of plaque and tartar.

Better Rest Can Make Sticking To A Good Routine Easier

Few issues impact a person’s focus and energy like poor rest. If you often oversleep and fail to brush properly, or if feeling rushed makes you choose less healthy breakfast items, it may be time to adjust your schedule. If you often feel unwell at the start of your day because of dental pain, jaw stiffness, or facial soreness, the problem may be with a nightly teeth grinding habit. If this problem does affect you, Dr. Johnson can recommend treatment in the form of a bruxism appliance.

Magnolia Family Dental Helps Families In And Around St. Louis Maintain Healthy Smiles!

Magnolia Family Dental in St. Louis, MO is prepared to help patients stay on top of their oral health needs! If you have questions about our services, please call our St. Louis dentist’s office at 314-822-4521.