Nighttime Smile Suggestions

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Just like you try to avoid going to bed with your makeup on and try to keep up a nighttime beauty regimen, you should put an effort into your dental routine at night, too. Recently, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s president, Laura Kelly, came up with essential tips for bedtime smile care.

First and foremost, brush for two minutes and floss every night. It may seem obvious, but because it’s so easy to skip it when you’re really tired, it has to be said. If you want extra flouride protection, there are gels and rinses you can try. Kelly also suggests brushing or scraping your tongue before bed so bad breath is less of an issue in the morning.

If you don’t have time during the day, Kelly says sleep-friendly custom trays are a fantastic way to whiten teeth in just a couple of weeks. If whitening isn’t a concern but clenching or grinding is, a dentist can help you select a guard to wear through the night.

Teeth aren’t the only important part of your smile-lips play a big part, too. After brushing your teeth, use a washcloth or toothbrush to gently exfoliate them. Kelly recommends then applying a moisturizer like Aquaphor to condition lips while you sleep.

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