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Is It Bad to Fall Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth?


In order to maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile along with aromatic breath, brushing one’s teeth is absolutely paramount. However, mistakes are inevitable, the most common of which is falling asleep without brushing at all. Yet, many still wonder whether this event is ultimately detrimental to their overall oral hygiene. To help call attention to this problem and simultaneously provide some suggestions on how to avoid it, here is a brief list delineating whether it is bad to fall asleep without brushing your teeth.

The Gist

Eating is not only a way to fill our bodies with necessary nutrients, it is also carries the unintended consequence of providing the bacteria in our moths with the food they need to survive. The problem is that when these bacteria defecate, they do so all over our teeth. Their waste is very acidic and can severely damage tooth enamel, resulting in cavities and tooth decay.

Going to bed without brushing is a surefire way to allow plaque to calcify all over our teeth. Unfortunately, the only means of removing agglomerated plaque is with a dental cleaning. If this sounds similar to your situation, you may want to see your dentist immediately. Excessive plaque buildup puts your body on the defense, causing your gums to become inflamed. As a result, the body begins attacking the tissues that maintain the structural integrity of our teeth, resulting in peeling gums and eventual periodontitis.

Inflammation Be Gone!

Inflammation can cause excessive damage, with some studies associating long term inflammation with unfortunate conditions such as hearing loss, dementia, and heart disease. The likelihood of these unfortunate effects occurring is heightened when one habitually neglects to brush their teeth or visit a dentist.

What To Do

One great method of preventing forgetfulness is to keep a toothbrush by your bedside so that you can brush in bed if need be. But what about toothpaste and spitting? Well, the great thing about this method is that it doesn’t require toothpaste, as long as the forgetting is not excessive. Just gently brush your teeth then soak your toothbrush in some sanitizer. This can also be done with floss. Another effective method is to get in the habit of checking your teeth with your tongue. Are they smooth or rough? The latter indicates plaque buildup, so if this is the case you should know to brush immediately, even if it means getting out of bed. Your body will thank you in the long run.

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