When do you brush your teeth in the morning?

When you brush your teeth in the morning actually should depend on what you eat and drink for breakfast. For years, some people have believed we should brush before breakfast; others say we should brush after breakfast. There are also people who say it doesn’t matter.senior-woman-brushing-teeth-and-drying-hair SM - paid - storyblocks - SYLbk6DpBj

Now, we are being told that it depends not only on brushing before or after breakfast but also on what you eat and drink for breakfast. So, what have we been missing?

Brushing and breakfast

If you brush before breakfast you get rid of morning-mouth – your breath is better and it doesn’t affect the flavor of your breakfast. But you leave food particles in your mouth that can stain or harm your teeth or gums.

It might be better to brush before breakfast because brushing after eating something acidic (coffee, fruit) can harm the enamel of your teeth. For this reason, the American Dental Association's (ADA) recommendation is that we wait 60 minutes after eating those foods before brushing. If you cannot wait that long, you should swish with water to dislodge food particles, bacteria and acids so they don’t sit on your teeth all day.

Brushing and coffee or Juice

Many of us drink coffee in the morning. But coffee is very acidic and can harm the enamel of your teeth. When we brush just after drinking coffee, we just spread that acid all over our teeth and might weaken tooth structure. Allowing 30 minutes between drinking coffee and brushing gives your mouth time to wash away the acid (with saliva) and neutralize any that remains in your mouth.

What about coffee sippers? Sipping coffee throughout the day subjects your teeth to a constant onslaught of the acid in the coffee upon your teeth. It increases the risk of stains and keeps the acid on your teeth continually.

What about orange juice and other acidic fruit juices? These acids should be treated in the same way as coffee.

A solution

Is the best solution to brush both before and after breakfast? Maybe. But brushing between your morning and evening brushing and flossing should be gentle to ensure you don’t damage gum tissues. The goal is just to remove food debris and acid.

If you have questions, ask your dentist or dental hygienist to explain. They will be able to make good suggestions that are appropriate for your oral health.