(Original Caption) Regular brushing prevents tooth decay. (Photo by Frederique Cresseaux/Sygma via Getty Images)
Health - Wellness
This Is What Time You Should Always Brush Your Teeth Every Day
While the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, sometimes you're just too exhausted or groggy. Bacteria in your mouth can result in bad breath, which is why it's important to brush in the morning before talking to anyone, but if you're going to skip, make sure to still brush at night.
Our mouths are home to billions of bacteria, which tend to reproduce, emit acids, and wear away at tooth enamel. Bill Landers, a leading expert on periodontal risk assessment technologies, says, "There are 20 billion bacteria in your mouth, and they reproduce every five hours. If you go 24 hours without brushing, those 20 billion become 100 billion!"
Saliva protects teeth from damage, so if you only get one good brush in during the day, do it at night when saliva production is reduced, and the bacteria keep multiplying. Ellie Phillips, DDS, adds, "That's the most dangerous time for teeth because your saliva flow is reduced, and your mouth becomes more acidic."