BrushingGrowing up, parents have been reminding their children to brush their teeth after meals to remove any food particle from their mouth. What they don’t realize is that this is doing more harm than good. A survey by the British Dental Health Foundation discovered that about 81% of people don’t know that brushing their teeth immediately after eating or drinking anything acidic can damage their teeth.

Here’s what Miller Comfort Dental, Mayo Clinic, and other dental professionals have to say about this:

Why Brush Your Teeth Before Meals

  1. Brushing your teeth in the morning cleans off the bacteria that formed while you were asleep. If you let bacteria thrive in your mouth, you’re giving them a treat by letting the food particles of your breakfast be their breeding ground. This leads to them producing more acid in the mouth.
  1. Many have made brushing after meals their habit that even if you inform them of its negative effects, they could forget it and do the same unknowingly. Brushing before meals helps prevent this altogether and you don’t have to wait for 30 minutes.

Toothpaste Makes Food Taste Bad

Many people don’t like the idea of brushing their teeth before meals because it makes their food taste different. In some cases, it could make them lose their appetite after a single bite. An article published by Lifehacker noted that there’s a way to remove the bad taste.

Online magazine and weblog Mental Floss says that the problem relies on the ingredients of the toothpaste. The culprit isn’t the minty flavor, but the sodium laureth sulfate content that messes up the taste buds. As such, it’s best to buy toothpaste (any brand or flavor) without this substance.

Performing the opposite of what you’ve been doing with your teeth may not be bad at all. No matter what time you prefer, it all comes down to the importance of brushing your teeth the right way.