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When do you brush your teeth? Usually, there are three groups of people—those who brush before they eat, those who brush after, and those who follow a combination of the two. But, is there actually a time that works best?

People typically prefer to brush their teeth right after they eat to remove the bacterium that causes bad breath and to remove excess food particles. However, the sugars we eat become acid on our teeth. This is a natural occurrence, and you may think the best thing you could do is remove the acid as quickly as possible. However, please don’t. The acid will weaken your enamel, and brushing while your enamel is weakened may damage your teeth. We recommend waiting to brush for at least half an hour after you eat so your enamel will have time to harden again.

In reality, it is completely safe to brush your teeth anytime before a meal, but it can be unpleasant, because the flavor of the food can affect the taste of your food. If you do decide to brush your teeth before you eat, you may want to consider chewing gum, eating an apple, or using mouthwash to stimulate saliva and remove excess food debris.

However, different people embrace both times. For example, there are people who wake up and brush their teeth before breakfast and then brush their teeth after dinner. And that’s completely fine. Just remember to wait thirty minutes after you eat.

To learn more about how to keep your smile healthy and strong, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are excited to hear from you.