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Do you ever wonder what should be included in your before-bed oral hygiene routine? If so, Dr. Derek C. Barnes is more than happy to help you!

First, scrub your smile with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s best to brush for two minutes and thoroughly clean each tooth. When you are done, rinse your mouth and toothbrush with water and place your brush in an area where it can stay clean.

Second, floss your teeth with your favorite flossing product or tool; it’s best if it’s easy to use. Some people use waxed floss, a flossing stick, or a water flosser. As you clean your smile, be careful along the gumline. You don’t want to injure your oral tissues.

Third, swish your mouth with mouth rinse, preferably a rinse that can benefit your smile. This can be antibacterial or fluoride mouth rinse. As you swish, follow the instructions on the bottle because it will mention the length of time to clean your mouth. This will further clean your smile and give you a pristine breath.

Fourth, if you need to, place your retainer or mouthguard over your teeth. This can help many because the retainer can help keep your teeth aligned after you’ve completed your orthodontic journey, and the mouthguard can protect your teeth if you tend to grind them at night.

To learn more about oral hygiene in Charlotte, North Carolina, please don’t hesitate to give our dental office a call at 704-849-6700. Our dental team will be thrilled to hear from you so we can help you properly take care of your smile. We look forward to your phone call!