It may not be the biggest debate out there in the world, but many of those with good oral hygiene go back and forth on whether it’s best to brush your teeth before or after breakfast.
However, now the debate is at an end: a dentist has finally set the record straight.
Dental therapist and TikTok user Anna Peterson recently uploaded a video to the platform explaining the reasoning behind why it is crucial to always brush your teeth before eating breakfast.
She stated how completing the process in the reverse order can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth.
“There’s two reasons for this,” she explains to her followers. “When you eat breakfast, your mouth becomes acidic, so what you’re doing when you brush your teeth after breakfast is brushing the acid into the tooth, and this wears away the enamel.
“And, brushing before breakfast protects your teeth from anything you’re going to eat.”
And her advice is backed by a report from popular toothpast brand Colgate, that says brushing your teeth after eating can “sometimes” affect tooth enamel.
Now this might come as a shock to individuals who would’ve guessed it’s better to brush after your meal in a bid to get rid of the food you just had…
And if you really want to brush after consuming food, it’s best to wait at least one hour after to give your saliva time to neutralize the acids in your mouth.
According to AWM, some people choose to not brush before breakfast because of the minty flavor it leaves in their mouths from the toothpaste.
“Except I don’t fancy minty cereal,” wrote one TikToker.
“Food tastes minty, though,” complained another.
“And then your food tastes minty fresh,” wrote someone else.
One person suggested that you can brush after breakfast so long as you wait long enough.
“Not all dentists agree on this,” the user wrote. “Some dentists say it’s fine (to brush after breakfast) so long as you leave thirty minutes after eating and drinking.”
The video can be viewed here: