Should I Eat Breakfast Before I Brush My Teeth?
“Should I eat breakfast before I brush my teeth?” is an old age question that we hear just about every week at Wells Family Dental Group. You may be surprised to learn that our dental team recommends brushing your teeth right after you wake up, before eating breakfast. Here’s why:
The bacteria in your mouth has the potential to react with the food you eat by soaking up sugars and acids. This may lead to a number of issues such as cavities and tooth erosion. Also, when you brush your teeth right after you wake up, you’ll bring fluoride in your mouth, which can protect against any acids or sugars you eat throughout the day.
Lastly, brushing after breakfast may harm your teeth because you may eat something with acid and make your teeth more prone to sensitivity and tooth abrasion. If you’re concerned about having bad breath after you eat breakfast, all you have to do is use mouthwash once you’re done. Lakewood, Colorado dentist Brian Levitin has expressed to us that more and more people are interested in the topic of when to brush their teeth.
Of course, brushing your teeth after breakfast is better than not brushing them at all but if we had our way, you’d be waking up every morning and brushing your teeth before any food or drink enters your mouth. If you don’t do this already, it may take some time getting used to but we assure you that you’ll benefit from it.
Contact Wells Family Dental Group
If you have further questions about whether you should brush your teeth before or after breakfast, call our office today at 919-266-5332.