Everyone goes through morning routines. Eating, showering and getting prepped for the day have all been tweaked for the best execution to get you out the door. What about your teeth? Should there be a routine that is beneficial and what would that routine look like? Just like you, your teeth need to have a proper wake up for a healthy day. Let’s take a look.
Brush Before or After Breakfast?
Some people like to brush as soon as they wake up. Whether it’s bad breath or the desire to have breakfast taste better. However a question arises: If I brush before breakfast, won’t my teeth just get dirty all over again?
Most people brush their teeth in the morning before breakfast. This is beneficial as the number of bacteria is reduced before being exposed to food. When the acid production is less than normal, the damage to teeth is also reduced which helps them last longer. Fluoride toothpaste is an additional benefit as the enamel incorporates the mineral into itself to defend against acid. In other words, if you’re going to brush in the morning, it may be better to brush before you eat rather than after.
What About Brushing Teeth At Night?
It’s really not advised to brush right after eating. You’re enamel is already eroding from the bacteria induced by the acid. Brushing promptly after a meal rubs off the dissolved minerals of the enamel. This can lead to dental erosion which can lead to pain and extreme sensitivity. And since saliva neutralizes the acidity in your mouth, it’s best to wait up to an hour after eating to brush.
Most people do this anyway, but brushing at night is most important. Bacteria has a naturally tough competitor in our mouth and that is saliva. However, during the night our mouth dries up so keeping them clean before bed is ideal. It is especially important if you’re a sleeper who sleeps with the mouth open. Even the lack of movement from the lips and tongue while sleeping gives bacteria a chance to wreck havoc.
Morning Dental Routine Tips
Avoiding dental erosion in the morning is of utmost importance for the day and for long term.
Here are a few things to remember:
● Brush your teeth before breakfast. Especially if you like to have that dose of orange juice.
● Wait one hour after eating or drinking anything that is acidic before you brush.
● When you’re drinking an acidic drink such as juice or coffee, use a straw to reduce the amount of contact with your teeth.
● If you can do without the juice or coffee, try drinking water or milk.
● Chew on some sugar free gum. Gum chewing produces saliva which neutralizes the acid in your mouth
● Another way to neutralize the acid is to finish the meal with milk or cheese.
Remember that acidy foods such as juice, tropical fruit and coffee, can wear down your enamel so try not to go too crazy every morning with these. Perhaps orange juice every now and then or try putting milk in your coffee. Both should help reduce erosion factors.
Hopefully this rundown helps with your morning prep. And since your teeth have a clearer routine towards healthiness, you can have a brighter smile the rest of the day.
For more information on your oral health visit Dr. Travis Agee a Portland, OR dentist.