We have all heard our dentists tell us to brush our teeth at least twice a day, but perhaps they forgot to mention when the best time to brush our teeth is. We do know that we should do it in the morning and at night, but is there a specific time of day that we should brush our teeth?
Some people say that brushing your teeth before breakfast is the best way to start the day, while others believe that brushing after breakfast is a better option. Does it matter if we brush our teeth before or after breakfast?
As it turns out, it does make a difference.
Many people choose to brush their teeth after breakfast because they think that this will clean off any food particles that may be stuck in their teeth from the meal. However, brushing your teeth after breakfast can do more harm than good.
This article will explore the reasons why brushing your teeth as soon as you wake up, before breakfast, is the best thing you can do for your oral health.
When to brush your teeth in the morning?
When you sleep at night, especially while using an anti-snoring mouthpiece, bacteria build up in your mouth and can cause plaque to form on your teeth. If the dreaded “morning breath” isn’t enough to convince you to brush your teeth first thing in the morning, consider this:
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people brush their teeth twice a day. However, they also state that brushing your teeth after breakfast is just as important as brushing at night before you go to bed.
This is because the food you eat during the day can cause bacteria to multiply in your mouth, which can lead to plaque buildup.
When you brush your teeth in the morning, you are getting rid of all of the bacteria and plaque that has built up overnight. Like black coffee, this helps to prevent cavities and gum disease. It is also important to note that the fluoride in your toothpaste coats your teeth and creates a protective barrier from the acidic food and drinks you will consume during the day.
Why should I brush my teeth before breakfast?
When you eat or drink anything, the food debris and bacteria in your mouth create acid byproducts that will start to break down your tooth enamel.
If you brush your teeth immediately after eating breakfast, the acid from the food will have already started to break down the enamel on your teeth. Scrubbing your teeth immediately with a toothbrush can worsen this problem and make your teeth more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.
If you’re curious about what acidic foods and drinks we consume during breakfast, here is a list:
- Dried fruit
- Fruit Juice
- Citrus fruit
It is best to wait at least 30-60 minutes to brush your teeth after eating or drinking any of these items can help to protect your teeth and gums from the acid.
We know no one wants that horrid taste when you’re drinking orange juice during your morning routine, but it’s best to live a healthy lifestyle by sucking it up and brushing your teeth before just breakfast and then waiting 30-60 minutes after you ate to brush again. If you just want to brush once in the morning, do it 30-60 minutes after you ate to prevent the bacteria from building up in your mouth.
So there you have it! The next time you are debating whether to brush your teeth before or after breakfast, you know the answer. Your teeth will thank you for it!