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Expert advice on brushing before or after breakfast

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Should you brush before or after breakfast? The idea of breakfast in bed is sweet, but morning breath, not so much. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the two occasions where loved ones are surprised by having breakfast served at the bedside.

When is it best to brush?

Aside from getting rid of morning breath, Dr. Bui and colleagues recommend brushing before having breakfast. This is because breakfast food and juices contain acids that weaken the enamel. If you can’t brush beforehand, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to avoid damaging the enamel when it is weakened. Brushing while there is a high level of acid in your mouth can cause the teeth to become more sensitive due to abrasion from the toothpaste on bristles on the toothbrush. Remember to use a soft or extra soft-bristled toothbrush!

How to you avoid morning breath?

  • Stay hydrated: Drink water before going to sleep at night, and keep a bottle on your nightstand in case you wake up thirsty. Drink water after brushing too!
  • Avoid pungent food: Avoid strong-smelling foods and drinks like garlic, onions, or coffee before bed.
  • Avoid tobacco: Quit tobacco use to improve your overall health as well as your oral health. Do it for yourself and for others around you.
  • Understand causes of morning breath: https://www.theorthobee.com/morning-breath-causes-prevention-and-cure/

Check out our braces friendly recipes, like https://www.theorthobee.com/orthobee-banana-bread/ for your special breakfast.

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