Brushing teeth before or after meal?
Should you brush your teeth before or after breakfast? Dental tips and advice for oral hygiene
The British Dental Association said you should brush your teeth the last thing at night and on one other occasion during the day
MOST people have their own routine when it comes to cleaning their teeth.
But how often should you be brushing them, and should you do it before or after breakfast?
The British Dental Association said you should brush your teeth the last thing at night and on one other occasion during the day.
A spokesperson said: “If breakfast is your preferred time to brush, it doesn’t matter whether you do this before or after eating.
“However, if it is the latter, you should wait an hour before brushing.”
Acidic food, like fruit and juices, can wear down enamel, so if you brush straight away you might damage your teeth.
How often should you brush your teeth?
The British Dental Association confirmed that you should brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
And you should spend at least two minutes making sure your pegs are properly clean.
Despite the name, brushing isn’t just about the teeth.
It’s important to clean the area between the teeth and gums to make sure no food is stuck there – as this is what causes cavities.
What technique should you use for brushing your teeth?
Make sure you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth and gently along the gum line: brush inside, outside, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste.
Don’t rinse your mouth out after brushing, as it will wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste.
This will dilute it and reduce its preventative effects.
It’s also important to clean in between the teeth, using interdental brushes or floss where the space is too tight for these brushes.
If you are unsure of how to brush, seek advice from a dentist or hygienist.