why do we brush our teeth before breakfast

Certain foods and drinks - especially those high in carbohydrates and sugars - spur the creation of certain bacteria in your mouth that attack your tooth enamel for at least twenty minutes after you eat a meal or have a snack. By brushing right after you eat, you will get rid of bacteria before they attack your tooth enamel. For the best results, you should use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste like Colgate Total, which contains fluoride to prevent tooth decay and triclosan to reduce plaque and gingivitis. It works double duty - getting rid of plaque and preventing tooth decay - to ensure that your teeth stay squeaky clean after you eat.

You should know, however, that brushing your teeth after eating can sometimes affect your tooth enamel. According to the, if you've consumed anything acidic, you should avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes. Foods containing citric acid, like oranges, grapefruits and lemons, weaken tooth enamel. Brushing too soon after eating them can damage the enamel in its weakened state. Consequently, it's a good idea to brush your teeth
before eating an acidic food and to drink a glass of water when you are finished to wash away the acids. As an alternative to waiting to brush your teeth, try eating nutritious foods that are low in carbohydrates and sugar after eating something acidic.

This will help reduce the harmful acids that such foods can create. In addition, according to the American Dental Association, prolonged exposure to phosphoric acid, which can be found in soft drinks like soda and diet soda, can erode hard tissues from the tooth surface. Acid erosion causes permanent damage to your teeth. To keep acid erosion to a minimum, limit snacking between meals and be mindful of consumption of soft drinks and sugary snack foods. Common sense would tell you that brushing your teeth after eating breakfast is good, because you clean off all the gunk from your meal, right?

Sometimes, though the opposite is true: You re better off brushing beforehand, or waiting 30 minutes after you eat. Here s why. This week s tip isn t a tip from a reader, but more a tip inspired by readers. Yesterday, we shared, and noted in passing that some dentists recommend brushing before breakfast. Many of you were shocked to hear this, so we decided to dig up some more detailed information and put it in its own post for all to see. that brushing your teeth after you eat is good for all the reasons you d think: you clean out the bacteria from the food you just ate. If you eat or drink something sugary or acidic, thoughвlike the fruits, juices, and other breakfast foods many of us eat in the morningвyou might want to brush before: One caveat to brushing after you eat is if you ve eaten an acidic food or drink - for example, orange juice.

Avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after acidic foods and beverages. These acids weaken tooth enamel, and brushing too soon can cause damage to the enamel. If you know you re going to eat or drink something very acidic ahead of time, you may want to brush your teeth first. Alternatively, you can wait 30 minutes after you eat or re-balance your oral pH right away with an alkaline mouth rinse.

In the end, it depends a little on what you eat, so take stock of what you re eating for breakfast and judge when you should brushed based on its sugar content. Check out both articles below for more of the science behind why this happens, as well as for a few studies on the subject. Every week, we receive tons of reader tips, often in response to tips we ve posted. Our showcases our favorite tip from you that improves upon something else we ve shared, shows us another way to do something, or otherwise deserves more attention than our. Got a tip to share? Post it over at our or send it to us at. Photo by.