One of the most common questions our patients ask is, “what time should I brush my teeth?” so we thought we answer it here. Typically, you form your teeth brushing habits in childhood, and they tend to stick with you throughout your adult life. But what if everything your parents taught you about brushing your teeth is wrong?
Read on to learn more about the best time to brush your teeth to keep them in excellent condition and avoid nasty cavities.
Wake up and brush!
We recommend brushing your teeth before breakfast, and there may be a scientific reason for this. At night while you’re sleeping, plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth multiply over and over. If you’re wondering why you wake up with “morning breath,” it’s because the bacteria in your mouth grow and grow overnight.
The best way to get rid of all those harmful bacteria? Brushing with a manual or electric toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste. Not only will this get rid of the bacteria, but it’ll also coat your tooth enamel with a barrier, protecting it against the acid in your food.
Brushing when you wake up can also jump-start saliva production, which is fantastic as saliva helps break down food and kills harmful oral bacteria.
What if I want to eat breakfast first?
Some people prefer to get up and have breakfast before brushing their teeth. Sound like you? If you are a late brusher, we recommend waiting at least 30 minutes after consuming any acidic breakfast foods (toast, orange juice, coffee) before reaching for the toothbrush.
How to brush your teeth
Ensuring you’re brushing your teeth properly is as important as the timing of your brushing. Whether you’re using an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush, follow these steps:
- Wet the brush head with a small amount of water
- Add a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste
- Angle your toothbrush so you can get hard-to-reach spots
- Brush for 2 minutes (brush the front and back, the sides, and the chewing surface of your teeth)
- Brush bacterial residue from your tongue
- Spit out leftover toothpaste
- Rinse and spit again.
Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining oral health. To give your oral health the best chance possible, combine daily flossing with avoiding sugary foods and book regular check-ups with your dentist.
If you are unhappy with your smile, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services and would love to talk through your options.
Choose Aardent Dental in Perth
Are you looking for a Dentist in Vic Park? The team at Aardent Dental has a wealth of experience in general and cosmetic (artistic) dentistry, and we pride ourselves on our personalised consultations and customer service.
To book an appointment at our dentist centre in Perth, call us today on 6330 8666.