Night Time Oral Care Routine For Beginners

night time oral care

Brushing in the morning is absolutely necessary for good oral hygiene. However, good oral care is equally important at night time.

During the seven to eight hours of sleep, your mouth does not produce sufficient saliva.

Hence, your oral health can suffer if you have not cleaned your teeth and gums properly before sleeping.

After an entire day’s eating and drinking you should only go to bed after doing your night time oral care routine.

It is equally if not more important than taking care of your oral hygiene in the daytime.

So what should be your routine like? You will find out here!

Make use of the recommendations we provide below to form an oral care routine and follow it diligently.

brushing teeth before bed

Brushing Teeth Before Bed

Do you only brush your teeth in the morning to get rid of the morning breath?

Well, that is not the sole purpose of brushing.

In fact, it gets rid of bacteria and plaque preventing it from turning into calculus.

As a result, you are saved from oral health conditions such as cavities and gum disease.

Brushing teeth in a gentle motion using circular strokes remove plaque from your teeth while not harming your enamel.

Beware of brushing harshly.

It can harm your teeth and their outer layer, the enamel.

Hence, it is not only important to brush but also to brush the right way.

Take full 2 minutes to brush your teeth. Set a timer if needed! 

Cover the front as well as the back surfaces of all of your teeth making your way from the incisors to the molars.

In order to remove plaque more effectively, consider using an electric toothbrush.

After a full day of eating and drinking, there must be food debris and plaque inside your mouth stuck on your teeth.

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An electric toothbrush’s rotating and oscillating head cleans teeth deeply.

Moreover, it is not harsh on your teeth, unlike a manual brush whereby you can exert more pressure.

Skipping brushing at night will accumulate the bacteria and build plaque.

The lack of saliva also makes for an oral ecology whereby the food debris is not washed away and the bacteria can feed on it overnight.

Hence, it is quintessential to brush twice a day and especially not forgo it during the night.

Plus, you should not only brush for the sake of it rather brush properly for the entire 2 minutes so that no plaque turns into stubborn tartar.

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Floss at Night Time

Brushing twice and flossing once are the basics.

Flossing is best done at night.

After an entire day of munching on food, there are enough food particles stuck between your interdental spaces.

Your toothbrush is not narrow enough to reach the areas between your teeth.

Hence, plaque is likely to turn into tartar in those spaces if you do not floss.

Moreover, it is easier to remove plaque when it is still soft.

But overnight, the bacteria will increase feeding off the food particles.

Once it turns into tartar it will become difficult to remove simply through brushing and only a scaling procedure will remove it.

Flossing only once is usually for the night.

Going to bed with a clean mouth is important.

However, if you are at risk of accumulating tartar and gum disease then you can floss twice including in the morning.

You can either use a floss threader, dental floss or an interdental brush.

A water flosser is not an alternative for a floss as it is not as precise.

However, it can come in handy for people who have a tough time flossing teeth due to dexterity issues.

Therefore, people with arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, young children or those with braces and dentures will clean their teeth more easily with an oral irrigator.

That said, floss is not replaceable.

So, if you want to clean your teeth extensively then there is no better option than flossing after brushing.

As you go to sleep after flossing you will wake up with a rather cleaner mouth.

tongue cleaning

Tongue Cleaning at Night Time

Skipping tongue cleaning is an oral hygiene mistake.

Your tongue accumulates bacteria like your teeth.

The bacteria settle onto your tongue causing bad breath.

Moreover, if the bacteria remain inside your mouth then that poses a risk of getting gum disease and decay.

You can clean your tongue while you are brushing or separately.

Either way, it is extremely important to not forego it.

Clean your tongue using a tongue scraper, tongue brush or even your toothbrush.

A tongue scraper the most volatile sulfur compounds.

A toothbrush works too, however, not as well as the scraper.

You can also use the scraper at the back of your brush rather than a dedicated one.

Start scraping from the back towards the tip of the tongue.

Do not use it the other way around.

However, you may want to begin from the middle rather than back because of a gagging reflex.

Remove the debris and clean once again.

Afterward, wash the scraper so that it is clean to use next time.

Your tongue needs cleaning twice a day if you want your breath to be fresh at all times.

Not only that, it will prevent decay and other oral health problems if bacteria do not linger on your tongue.

If you suffer from chronic bad breath, then you may want to scrape your tongue after every meal.

This will clear the volatile sulfur compounds immediately after the food debris and bacteria settles onto your tongue.

Though, cleaning at night is important for clearing the VSC’s that build up throughout the day.

This way you won’t wake up with a morning breath and carry it on in the day.

So after you brush and floss at night, clean your tongue too.

night time mouthwash

Rinsing With a Mouthwash

An additional step in your routine can rinse off the excess bacteria remaining in your mouth after your oral care.

Though, mouthwash can also address specific dental concerns.

For instance, if you are suffering from sensitive teeth then rinsing with mouthwash for hypersensitivity can decrease your pain.

Similarly, therapeutic mouthwashes with ingredients such as fluoride and chlorhexidine can strengthen your enamel and reduce the bacteria inside your mouth.

These will promote oral health by keeping the bacteria at bay during the night when there is not enough saliva to protect your teeth from them.

Other than that, mouthwashes also play a part in masking your bad breath.

Commercial mouthwashes usually only serve to reduce halitosis.

Hence, they will not protect your oral health, however, they can freshen your breath.

Besides that, there are also whitening mouthwashes.

These serve the purpose of lightening your teeth’ shade.

You will have to swish it around for 2 to 3 minutes.

That said, this is not the best way to whiten your teeth.

The active ingredient in the mouthwash can only be in contact with every single tooth for a few seconds.

Therefore, it will not whiten as well as other teeth whitening treatments.

You can also include teeth whitening treatments in your night time oral care schedule. More on that below!

Thus, rinse with an oral mouthwash right before bed for your oral health condition in order to get extra protection.

Swish it around for 30 seconds to a minute, spit and rinse!

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Mouthguard and Whitening Treatments at Night Time

One of the last steps, in this routine, before you go to bed is not necessary for all.

You happen to be suffering from bruxism or need teeth whitening is when you will need a mouthguard.

Bruxism or teeth grinding happens because of stress and other factors like an uneven bite.

Right before bed, try to relax by meditating and exercising.

Practicing mindfulness and trying a new hobby can help in reducing your stress and anxiety.

However, if none of these work, then you can wear a mouthguard at night.

This will not stop you from grinding and clenching teeth.

However, it will definitely protect your teeth from further damage.

If you are not sure whether you grind your teeth at night, notice the symptoms.

Are your teeth more sensitive? Does your enamel appear worn out? Do you have head and jaw pain? Is there any torn cheek tissue?

If they apply to you, then you are probably suffering from bruxism.

Wrapping up your routine with a mouthguard will protect your oral health and the condition of your teeth.

An additional step is to do your teeth whitening ritual at night.

After you have brushed, flossed and cleaned your tongue, it is time to start your treatment.

Whether it is a teeth whitening kit, gel, strips or a mouthguard, use them with a clean mouth.

At night you have plenty of time to do your treatment in peace.

Hence, the last step is your additional treatment if you require it.


Oral hygiene is as important at night time as it is at daytime, if not more.

If you keep skipping it because you are simply lazy then your teeth and gums will suffer.

Your oral health affects your physical well-being too thus, take care of it at all times.





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