Some people are anxious about cleaning their teeth after each meal. They believe that the more they clean their teeth, the better their dental health will be. While brushing is a vital aspect of excellent dental health, it is critical to grasp correct brushing etiquette in order to maintain a beautiful smile. 


Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are critical measures in maintaining excellent dental health. Another typical tip is to brush after each meal to eliminate food particles and enhance breath, however, brushing too soon after eating may be detrimental to your teeth.


Brushing Before or After Breakfast


Brushing one’s teeth before eating breakfast has become a habit for many youngsters and adults. There are even advantages to cleaning your teeth just after waking up. Plaque-causing bacteria in the mouth proliferate regularly as you sleep. This is the source of “morning breath.” Brushing your teeth before breakfast assists in the removal of plaque and germs. Toothpaste creates a protective barrier between your enamel and the acids in your meals.


Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning removes all of the plaque biofilm that has collected while you were asleep (this is also why you get morning breath). Brushing your teeth and tongue shortly after you get up is great for removing plaque from the surface of your teeth every 12 hours. Brushing your teeth before eating can help provide a protective barrier against the acids in your diet.


If you eat without cleaning your teeth, you’re eating with plaque on your teeth. Furthermore, because plaque uses the things you consume to build additional bacteria and acid byproducts, cleaning your teeth immediately after eating will scrape around the acids in your mouth.


The disadvantage of cleaning your teeth before breakfast is that food and dirt remain on your teeth all day until evening. Not everyone appreciates the “not-so-clean” sensation and may prefer to brush their teeth after breakfast. While brushing between breakfast and lunch is normally not dangerous, you should take certain precautions. 


Most dentists recommend that you wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking something before brushing your teeth. This allows your saliva to naturally wash away food particles, allowing your mouth to recover to its appropriate pH level.


Acid Foods and Beverages

Acidic foods and beverages can temporarily weaken your enamel, and brushing before your body can restore it might cause extra harm to an already compromised enamel. Instead, rinse your mouth with water or eat something non-acidic after you’ve finished your fruit juice to help wash away any lingering residues of the acid.

  • Citric fruit
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sods
  • Sugar

To be clear, naturally acidic foods are beneficial to our health.  They accelerate digestion, allowing us to obtain more nutrients from our food and maintain a more balanced pH in our bodies. Because most of us have an acidic internal environment, eating more naturally acidic foods helps our internal chemistry become more alkaline.

Should Brushing After Every Meal Be Avoided?


Brushing your teeth after each meal is good for your dental health, but the time is important. Your teeth are vulnerable shortly after eating. Plaque bacteria break down the food you eat and elevate the acidity level in your mouth. During this period, tooth enamel is sensitive to abrasive tooth cleaning, and brushing immediately after a meal may do more harm than good to your teeth.


Citrus fruits, tomatoes, coffee, alcohol, soft drinks, and meals heavy in sugar or carbohydrates are particularly harmful to your dental enamel. After eating these items, rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production and help clean your mouth. 


Chewing gum is not a replacement for brushing, but it can be a useful addition to your daily routine. Brushing your teeth is safe and useful once your mouth has been returned to a healthy acid level.

Quality Over Quantity

You may brush your teeth as many times as you want, but if you don’t do it correctly, your teeth and gums will suffer. Brush each tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line. Brushing your teeth with big, quick strokes will not get the job done—you must be as precise and delicate as possible.


Brushing your teeth is best done in the morning and never shortly after meals. Always wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth, and remember that brushing twice a day provides you the best chance of preventing cavities and gum disease! 


Keep Your Oral Health In Check

We understand that life may be hectic. We hope these recommendations make it much simpler to maintain your dental health! You can ensure that your smile is happy and healthy for a lifetime by taking care of it throughout the day, not only in the morning and at night. The most important part of keeping your oral health in check is to have regular visits to the dentist. Contact Haven Dental to schedule an appointment today!


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Pleasant View, UT

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