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Should You Brush your Teeth Before or After Breakfast?

It’s that one topic couples, roommates, and siblings will always argue about: when to brush your teeth in the morning.

Is it better to brush before or after breakfast?

Brush Before Breakfast

Brushing as soon as you wake up is a good way to remove the bacterial plaque that has accumulated overnight while you slept. It’s also considerate of others you may interact with in the early morning hours (no morning breath!).

The biggest complaint is that your breakfast will then get your teeth dirty all over again until you have time to brush a second time.

Brush After Breakfast

Why let toothpaste ruin the taste of your orange juice? Brushing after breakfast will help you get rid of coffee or onion bagel breath before you head to work or school.

But there is such a thing as brushing too soon after breakfast. Acid and carbs from your meal don’t disappear with brushing – they only get scrubbed around and massaged into your enamel even farther.

When to Brush Your Teeth in the Morning

The winning argument is this: you should brush your teeth after breakfast as long as you wait close to a half hour after eating. This gets rid of all the bacteria but allows time for saliva to neutralize food acids before brushing.

However, most people are in a hurry in the mornings. So one compromise is to brush right after you wake up so that you don’t forget. You get rid of the buildup that has formed on your teeth overnight and avoid scrubbing breakfast remains around your enamel.

Visit your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings in addition to customized advice on your tooth brushing routine.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

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