Should You Brush Your Teeth before Breakfast?
For good dental health, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day: in the morning and in the evening before bed. But should you brush before or after breakfast for the best results? Timing is important, and even though you might want to brush as soon as you hop out of bed to freshen your morning breath, the best time to brush in the morning is after you have eaten.
Each time you eat, you are also feeding the millions of oral bacteria that make their home in your mouth. In response, these bacteria churn out acids that destroy the minerals in your teeth, a process called demineralization, which can ultimately lead to tooth decay. To stop this process in its tracks, you need to brush thoroughly after you eat. The toothbrush bristles brush away the food debris that feeds bacteria along with the bacteria that live in plaque, the sticky, fuzzy-feeling film that grows on your teeth. Use fluoride toothpaste to more effectively clean your teeth and to bathe your teeth in enamel-building fluoride. Once you have finished brushing, rinse with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash to keep your breath fresh.
Brushing in the morning can keep your teeth healthier and stronger, but you also need to brush at night for the best results. Wait until you have had your last meal or snack of the day, and then brush as thoroughly as you did in the morning. The most effective brushing sessions last at least two minutes and reach all surfaces of your teeth. You need to floss daily, either in the morning or at night. You can rinse with mouthwash at night, too, if desired. Call our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your next dental cleaning.
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