An intense debate between my partner and I regarding whether it is better to brush our teeth before or after breakfast, with me firmly believing in the former, led to me nosediving into an extensive research for the sake of our oral health (besides the desire to be proven right haha). Hence, the material for this post was birthed!
Everyone knows that we are supposed to brush our teeth at least twice a day - morning and night. But no one really discusses whether we should do it before or after breakfast.
After asking around, we at Dentiste' New Zealand noticed that most people just habitually follow what was taught to them when they were little, or what they felt more comfortable with, rather than knowing what is actually better.
We believe in the importance of treating your teeth right, so here is why you should be brushing your teeth before breakfast:
1. GET RID OF ORAL BACTERIA FORMED OVERNIGHT
In our last post on How To Cut Down Sugar In Your Diet, we talked about how bacteria feed on the sugars you take in and create acids that destroy the tooth enamel, causing tooth decay.
Brushing your teeth before breakfast will effectively get rid of the oral bacteria that has formed while you were sleeping. The sugars you take in over breakfast would then have significantly less chance to work with the bacteria to start the damage process!
Don't take this lightly - the acids formed will attack your tooth enamel for at least 30 minutes after eating. Imagine the damage done if this happens everyday of your life.
2. BRUSHING AFTER FOOD WEAKENS TOOTH ENAMEL
Breakfast foods are usually high in both sugars and acids - think coffee, cereals, bread and spreads etc. This means that your tooth enamel is at its weakest right after breakfast.
Brushing your teeth after you eat is almost like using your toothbrush to scrap off the enamel, which you really do not want to be doing if you don't want to pay visits to the dentist more frequently than needed!
3. BEGIN YOUR DAY FRESH
Dentiste' New Zealand believes that it is simply more hygienic to consume breakfast after all the nasty oral bacteria formed overnight has been washed out, instead of having them mix with your food.
Anyway, doesn't it feel nice to start your day with your mouth feeling fresh?
We understand that many people prefer brushing after breakfast because it feels cleaner or because they just do not enjoy the taste of their toothpaste interfering with their yummy breakfast.
This could be easily resolved by rinsing your mouth with an oral rinse, and flossing to remove food particles stuck in between your teeth. By choosing this alternative, you can feel fresh and clean without causing damage to your teeth!
If you don't like eating your breakfast with the aftertaste of your toothpaste, give Dentiste' Nighttime Toothpaste a try! The natural extracts used in this toothpaste softens the harsh aftertaste that you may get from many other common brands of toothpaste.
But if you REALLY insist on brushing your teeth after breakfast due to habit or routine, remember to only do so at least 30 minutes after you eat so that the environment in your mouth can return back to normal and your teeth are restored enough to withstand brushing.
But.. what's a little change in your routine for healthier teeth?