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If you want to have good oral hygiene, you’ll want to brush your teeth every morning and every night. Many people choose to leave some of their daily oral hygiene tasks for bedtime because they have more time at night and because they want to have a clean smile while they sleep. If you’d like this to be you, Dr. David Peterson and his staff would like to help you figure out how your nightly routine might go.

Step 1: Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As you brush, scrub for two minutes and thoroughly clean each quadrant of the smile. This means you should categorize your smile into four sections then spend the same amount of time cleaning each section.

Step 2: The American Dental Association recommends flossing at night so that for 8 hours while you are not eating, you will have a fully clean smile. Choose the flossing product that works best for you, whether with traditional floss, disposable flossers, or a water flosser. Be careful as you clean around the gum line. Make sure to clean every crevice and remove as much plaque as possible.

Step 3: Rinse your mouth with therapeutic mouthwash. It’s helpful to choose mouthwash that has been recommended by your dentist or which has the ADA seal on the bottle. Remember to follow the instructions on the label for a full and complete clean.

Step 4: If you have a retainer or night guard, remember to wear it. The retainer can help keep your teeth nice and straight and the night guard can protect your teeth from jaw pain and night grinding.

If you have any queries about oral hygiene in Bakersfield, California, or if you need instructions on giving your teeth the help they need, please don’t hesitate to call David B. Peterson, DDS at 661-587-7002. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way we can.