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A good breakfast provides the brain and other parts of the body with the right amount of vitamins, minerals, glucose and proteins. However, breakfast also creates a dilemma, because which is better: brushing teeth before or after breakfast?
Brushing teeth before or after breakfast is necessary to maintain the natural whiteness of your teeth. In addition, brushing your teeth strengthens your tooth enamel. It is recommended to brush twice a day for about two to three minutes because plaque forms on teeth every 12 hours. But does brushing your teeth before or after breakfast make any difference?
Brushing your teeth before or after breakfast? Both methods have pros and cons. Proponents of brushing before breakfast say that after a night’s sleep, harmful bacterial flora has developed in the mouth, which feasts even more on the extra carbohydrates from breakfast. Another argument is that eating citrus or other acidic products makes already weakened enamel even more susceptible to tooth decay.
However, according to authoritative oral health organisations, it is better to brush your teeth after every meal. Brushing your teeth after breakfast is therefore a standard recommended activity. By doing so, you remove food debris, neutralise acids and remove bacteria and other microorganisms that cause tooth decay.
It is not recommended to brush your teeth immediately after drinking carbonated drinks, juices, wine and citrus. It is also generally better not to brush your teeth within half an hour of eating until the pH returns to normal. The same goes for vomiting. If you have just vomited, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth only 20 to 30 minutes afterwards.
To keep your teeth healthy, it is important to brush them thoroughly with a toothbrush and toothpaste. In general, doctors recommend medium-hard brushes. Brushes that are too soft cannot remove plaque as well, while brushes that are too hard will damage your enamel.
Some studies show that electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual toothbrushes. They are programmed to perform proper brushing movements. They also come with a special warning system against brushing too hard against your teeth. In turn, a toothbrush made of bamboo is eco-friendly and ecological.
Complementary oral care products
– Toothpaste tablets are nothing but toothpaste in tablet form and they contain the same ingredients such as calcium carbonate, sorbitol, fluoride and menthol.
– Regular use of floss or dental floss is meant to remove food debris from places that cannot be reached with a traditional toothbrush.
– The dentist uses a tartar remover to remove accumulated tartar.
– A water flosser or mouth wash enables precise cleaning of interdental spaces and gingival gaps.
Frequently asked questions
Is it better to brush your teeth before or after breakfast?
It is best to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after breakfast. Also, try flossing your teeth at least once a day. If you can't manage to brush your teeth after a meal during the day, use a rinse with fluoride. Don't forget your tongue while brushing your teeth.
How long after breakfast to brush teeth?
It depends on the type of food. After eating sweet foods, it is advisable to brush your teeth immediately. However, if you eat or drink acidic foods, such as citrus fruits or juices, wait about 30 minutes before brushing.
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