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Brushing your teeth before or after breakfast: which one is right?

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Not being in the habit of brushing your teeth properly can cause corrosion of tooth enamel and the appearance of cavities.

We all know that for proper oral health we must brush our teeth at least twice a day, especially at bedtime. By adopting this habit before going to bed, we avoid bad breath the next morning and even eliminate all possible food residues that get stuck in the teeth throughout the day.

But since we go to sleep with clean teeth and we don’t eat anything during our sleep, is it necessary to do the brushing before breakfast🇧🇷 Or can we leave it for after eating? Although many people already have their morning ritual well established, there is indeed a more suitable recommendation for this case.



In truth, it is essential to create the habit of brushing your teeth when you wake up🇧🇷 In an article for MinhaVida, dentist José Milton Marasca explains that the purpose of brushing in the morning is to remove the film that dawns around the teeth and the lingual coating, a kind of whitish “layer” on the tongue.

“They form because, during the night, dynamics occur in the organism that impact the mouth: salivation decreases, leaving the mouth dry and without the self-cleaning promoted by saliva during the day, and some substances from the esophagus, trachea and nose circulate this region and lodge in the oral cavity”, he says.

The specialist also claims that, if it is not removed, the pellicle can be used by the bacteria in the mouth to fix the sugars on the teeth. As for the coating, since it is responsible for bad breath, its removal provides greater freshness to start the day well.

Even if it doesn’t seem necessary, even after eating, you have to brush your teeth. However, in that case, it’s important to floss between all teeth and use mouthwash for more complete sanitization. Ie, the correct thing is to brush your teeth before and after breakfast🇧🇷



That’s because, when we don’t brush our teeth after eating, the microbes that remain in our mouth take advantage of the slightest food leftovers and produce acids that erode tooth enamel, which promotes the appearance of cavities. Therefore, oral hygiene is essential in the morning.

30 minute rule

However, if you don’t like the idea of ​​eating and then brushing your teeth, know that there is a rule that can benefit you. According to experts, for more effective brushing, you have to wait thirty minutes before brushing your teeth after a meal🇧🇷

This recommendation is made because “immediate” brushing can favor the wear of tooth enamel. This goes for the consumption of any type of food or drink, be it fruit, coffee or a complete meal.

And if you don’t have 30 minutes after meals to brush your teeth, the suggestion is rinse your mouth with water only, at least twice, to remove traces of food and soften the effects of acidity on the teeth. Did you write down the tip?



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Minha Vida Website – REF99827

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