Consider Using Mouthwash

Though mouthwash, or mouth rinse, is not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using mouthwash after brushing and flossing can add a protective measure to your teeth. Mouthwashes typically contain antimicrobial agents, fluoride, astringent salts and/or odor neutralizers. Different mouthwashes have different benefits, which vary from freshening breath to preventing cavities. Follow the directions on your mouthwash for the proper amount of time to swish each evening.

Protect Your Teeth From Clenching and Grinding

Stress, anxiety, sleep apnea and crooked teeth can all lead to teeth grinding and clenching at night. Waking up with a sore jaw or a dull headache are often signs that grinding has occurred. Grinding can wear teeth down and cause fractured teeth. Ask your dentist if your teeth have any signs of grinding. If they do, prevent further damage from occurring by using a mouth guard when you sleep.

Nighttime oral care shouldn’t be a bother. Get into the habit of caring for your teeth each night in order to prevent future dental problems and pain in the future.