It is recommended that most people brush their teeth twice a day, both morning and night, for at least two minutes each time. You always brush your teeth last thing before bed, but when should you brush them in the morning? Should you clean your teeth right after rolling out of bed or wait till after you finish breakfast? Your family dentist in Putnam explains which routine tends to be more beneficial for your oral health.
Should I Brush Before or After Breakfast?
Generally, brushing your teeth before breakfast tends to be more beneficial for your teeth. As you sleep, the bacteria in your mouth multiplies which leads to morning breath and sometimes an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Clean up your smile right when you wake up gets rid of the plaque and bacteria that has been brewing in your mouth all night. This also helps to boost your saliva production which will prepare your mouth for breaking down food during your morning meal. The fluoride in the toothpaste also coats your enamel with a protective barrier against the acid in your food. If you want to leave the house with a fresh, minty taste in your mouth, rinse with some mouthwash after breakfast. It will help to wash away food debris and leave you with fresh breath!
Can I Brush My Teeth After Breakfast?
No one enjoys that taste of orange juice after brushing with a minty toothpaste. If you would prefer to brush your teeth after finishing breakfast, that’s okay too but there are some things you should keep in mind. Brushing your teeth directly after eating can cause damage to your enamel. This is because acidic foods and beverages can weaken your tooth enamel which makes it more susceptible to damage. This is why the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you wait at least an hour after eating before you brush, especially if you have eaten something acidic. Here are some especially sugary and acidic foods that are common for breakfast:
- Orange juice
- Dried fruits
Drinking some water or chewing sugar-free gum can help to stimulate acid neutralizing saliva and clean away the damaging substance before you brush your teeth.
Brushing your teeth in the morning is super important no matter when you decide to do it. Just remember to give yourself a little bit of time after eating before brushing in order to keep your teeth as strong as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Walter McGinn is a family dentist serving patients in Putnam, CT. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the prestigious Harvard School of Dental Medicine and has gained over three decades of experience. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, and the Northeastern Connecticut Dental Society. For more information on proper dental hygiene or to schedule an appointment with Dr. McGinn, visit his website or call (860) 928-3723.