Think about your day from your mouth’s point of view.
You brush your teeth first thing in the morning, and then you move through your day consuming all kinds of things, many of which can do some damage to your delicate oral microbiome. Your morning coffee, your delicious lemon water, your favorite crunchy snacks, your afternoon sweet treat....the list goes on and on!
Now, you’re getting ready for bed. Your mouth is craving a clean slate. Not only has it been through a lot today, but it’s about to enter a night of sleep, which brings on a whole new set of challenges. Don’t worry, because we care so deeply about your oral health, we’re going to discuss some of these challenges....and the perfect lineup of Davids products (our bamboo toothbrush, nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste, and tongue scraper) to bring you the perfect nighttime oral care routine to ensure your mouth continues to thrive through the night.
what happens in your mouth overnight
Trust us, there’s a lot that goes on behind closed lips at night.
decreased saliva production
When you’re sleeping, your saliva production naturally drops dramatically. Why is this such an important detail? Because saliva plays a critical role in flushing bacteria, keeping your mouth at a healthy pH, and preventing tooth damage and decay.
When saliva production decreases overnight, it gives bacteria an ideal environment to fester and deposit damaging acids onto your enamel. This is a huge reason why it’s so important to start with a “clean slate” before your head hits the pillow.
Not to mention, our natural formulas make for the best dry mouth toothpaste, as every single one contains moistening ingredients such as vegetable glycerin, birch xylitol, and natural mint oils that work to stimulate saliva production and fight bad bacteria.
According to an online survey of over 1,000 Americans, it’s estimated that 71% of beds around the country host a mouth breather. What’s the big deal about mouth breathing?
Well, it’s much more complicated than simply breathing through your mouth over your nose. When you breathe through your mouth at night, it can lead to numerous unwanted consequences. First off, you might wake up with dry mouth, bad breath, drool marks, and fatigue. We talked about how saliva production naturally decreases at night (and the negative effects of that), and mouth breathing can compound this issue.
This is another reason it’s so important to make sure you’re starting the night with a clean mouth (and maybe using some mouth tape to encourage nose breathing, too).
If you grind your teeth at night, you’re not alone. Teeth grinding (bruxism) is super common, and it has so many adverse effects. Bruxism can lead to things such as tension headaches, enamel damage, tooth pain, sore jaw muscles, restricted range of motion in your jaw, ear aches, gum recession, and more.
All the more reason to take care of your teeth with a healthy oral care routine before you go to sleep. We recommend a routine that diligently involves nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste (which fortifies your enamel, as we’ll discuss below) and potentially a custom mouth guard that protects against bruxism.
how Davids can help
We know....yikes. A lot of nightmare-ish things can happen to your mouth while you sleep. But don’t worry, there are so many things you can do to protect your mouth overnight, and we have the products to help you do just that. It all starts with a healthy holistic oral care routine that you can look forward to every night. Here’s our favorite lineup.
Start by grabbing your Davids premium bamboo toothbrush. With its 100% bamboo handle, it’s the perfect toothbrush to get to all the hard-to-reach nooks of your mouth to make sure your mouth is squeaky clean before bed. Unlike many other products on the market, our bamboo toothbrush is made with soft, BPA-free bristles derived from castor oil (not petroleum). It’s the perfect tool to give your mouth a gentle clean before bed while doing something nice for the planet too!
P.S. We can’t talk about our favorite nighttime oral care routine without mentioning floss! When you skip flossing, you could be leaving up to 30% of your teeth’s overall surface untouched before you go to bed. This is practically a field day for bacteria! So be sure to floss, so you can prevent bacteria from festering in all the tiny crevices of your teeth. We recommend Cocofloss, a sustainable vegan floss made with soft woven threads and cleansing coconut oil.
Next up, reach for Davids hydroxyapatite toothpaste.
Brushing with our hydroxyapatite toothpaste before bed gives your enamel (which is already 97% hydroxyapatite, to begin with) a healthy dose of remineralization. The nano-hydroxyapatite particles bind to your enamel to fill small holes, scratches, and imperfections caused by bacteria and grinding....which we know can do some damage while you sleep!
On the bright side, when you let nano-hydroxyapatite work its magic overnight, it gives your teeth an extra line of defense against nighttime issues such as dry mouth, mouth breathing, and teeth grinding.
And last, but certainly not least, it’s time to scrape your tongue.
You’ve probably heard your whole life about how important it is to brush and floss before bed, but has anyone told you how important it is to scrape your tongue before you sleep? If not, we’re here to do just that.
Your tongue is a soft, cushy breeding ground for bacteria. And since nighttime is such a prime time for bacteria to wreak havoc, it’s super important that you scrape your tongue clean before bed.
Tongue scraping might sound scary, but we promise it’s a very soothing technique. It’s been around for centuries, and for good reason. Tongue scraping has so many benefits, some of which include:
- clearing dead cells, bacteria, and toxins
- stimulating your tongue’s soft tissue
- enhancing your taste
- prevent bad breath (we know that can get worse overnight)
- decrease your body’s overall toxin load
Our 100% medical grade stainless steel tongue scraper has a very unique one-handed design, so you can smoothly and easily swipe away unwanted bacteria at the end of the day. Why wouldn’t you want to give your mouth and body these amazing benefits before you hit the hay?