When to Brush: The Right and Wrong Times
Your mouth is a cesspool of bacteria. We’re sorry to break it to you, but it’s true. If you’ve ever tried to kiss your significant other first-thing in the morning, then you can probably attest to this.
It stands to reason, therefore, that you should brush your teeth in the morning. And if your morning ritual consists of a cup of coffee/tea and a bite to eat, then surely you should wait until after breakfast? That way you’re killing two birds with one stone, beating morning breath and ensuring you’re nice and clean after eating.
However, brushing after eating may be doing you more harm than good.
If you have a breakfast rich in sugars and starches, then immediate brushing is definitely recommended. Those sugars and starches can become lodged in your teeth, increasing bacteria and doing serious damage to your enamel.
However, if your breakfast consists of a bowl of fruit and a large glass of orange juice, then immediate brushing may weaken your enamel. Highly acidic foods can damage the surface of your teeth and brushing soon after you consume these will attack them in their weakened state. It’s akin to kicking them when they’re down!
If you wait 20 minutes, your saliva will neutralize the acid and you can brush without worrying about damaging your teeth. You can also snack on a little cheese to quickly neutralize that acidity and make brushing safer.
Providing you keep the above recommendation in mind, the mantra of “twice a day for 2 minutes” is ideal. Brushing after breakfast will freshen up your breath and prepare you for the day ahead, keeping coffee-breath at bay and neutralizing any damage done by your breakfast.
As for your second brush, that’s entirely up to you, but it’s best to space it out and brush after your final meal of the day.
And you can never brush too much (within reason, of course), so if you want healthy teeth and gums, reach for that toothbrush every time you eat a sugary snack. And don’t forget to floss! It can reach places that your toothbrush can’t, clearing away food debris that would otherwise lead to an increase in bacteria.
Mouthwash is a great way to cleanse your mouth following a meal when used alongside brushing. However, it should never be used in place of brushing. If you don’t have time to spare two minutes of your day to brush your teeth, then a quick revaluation is in order!
If you’re using mouthwash alongside a fluoride toothpaste, then remember to swig it before you brush and not afterward, otherwise, you’ll wash all that fluoride away and prevent it from working its magic.
To summarize, the old mantra is true, you should try to brush twice a day and you should always brush for at least 2 minutes' time. Just remember that while it’s important to brush after you eat, the food you eat will dictate whether you should brush straight away or wait for 20 minutes.
And if you want those clean teeth to sparkle, make sure you have your Snow Teeth Whitening Kit nearby. It’s the best way to keep those coffee stains at bay and bring out your natural shine.