Are YOU brushing your teeth wrong? Dentist reveals why you should clean 10 minutes BEFORE breakfast (and always avoid orange juice in the morning)
- Dentists have gone viral on TikTok for advising to clean teeth before breakfast
- Speaking to FEMAIL, celebrity dentist Dr Richard Marques of Doctor Richard London, said it doesn’t matter if you clean your teeth as long as you leave time
- Said: ‘Wait 30 minutes after and 10 minutes before’ breakfast to brush teeth’
Many people prefer to wait until after eating breakfast to brush their teeth so they don’t have a minty taste in their mouth that can overpower the taste of fruit or orange juice.
But the age old advice of waiting until after breakfast to clean your pearly whites may be wrong, according to a group of leading experts.
Dental student Ola, who’s studying at Tufts University in Massachusetts is among the many medical professionals sharing the advice on TikTok. In a viral video she said you should always brush your teeth first thing in the morning before eating, because ‘bacteria builds up in the mouth overnight’ and brushing before leads to cavity prevention.
Another, New York based dental hygienist Avalene said that brushing right after can ‘damage teeth’.
Speaking to FEMAIL, celebrity dentist Dr Richard Marques of Doctor Richard London, said the ideal time to clean is 10 minutes before breakfast to avoid damaging the enamel.
The age old advice or of waiting until after breakfast to clean your pearly whites may be wrong, according to a group of leading experts (stock image)
He added that if you forget and want to clean after that you should wait at least 30 minutes as the enamel that coats teeth is temporarily weakened after eating.
It comes as dozens of dental professionals have been using TikTok to share advice on oral hygiene.
NHS surgeon Dr Karan Raj, who has 4.4m followers shared a clip explaining how toothpaste covers the teeth and protects enamel from acidic foods.
‘You’ve got to brush your teeth before breakfast, not after,’ he explained.
‘Brushing before breakfast coats your teeth with a protective barrier against acid in your food – all that orange juice you’re guzzling down.
‘It also jumps starts saliva production which helps you breakdown food and naturally kills harmful bacteria in your mouth.
‘Brushing your teeth immediately after breakfast can actually cover your teeth in the remnants of acidic food, and this can actually weaken your enamel.
Speaking to FEMAIL, celebrity dentist Dr Richard Marques of Doctor Richard London, said you should clean 10 minutes before breakfast. He added that if you forget and want to clean after that you should wait at least 30 minutes.
WHAT TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST FOR HEALTHY TEETH
- Porridge with sweet honey rather than white sugar is perfect
- Wholemeal toast
- Avocado on toast
- Eggs and salmon
- Full English breakfast
WHAT TO AVOID AT BREAKFAST FOR HEALTHY TEETH
- Sugary cereals
- Acidic products, such as fruit and fruit juices
- Milk (including oat milk, almond and other alternatives)
Another, Dr Suhail Mohiuddin , from Chicago, added that it can ‘damage enamel’ to brush after breakfast.
‘It’s brush, eat breakfast and drink coffee in less than 30 mins, then rinse with water,’ he said.
But Dr Richard Marques who has celebrity clients including Rita Ora, Anne-Marie, Tom Daley and Dua Lipa, revealed the most important thing is leaving time before eating and brushing your teeth.
‘It’s an age old debate, but my professional advice is that it doesn’t actually matter whether you brush before or after eating – it’s the amount of time you wait between the activities,’ he explained.
‘The precious enamel that coats the teeth is temporarily weakened after eating due to the acids present in food, so by brushing right after you eat, you risk damaging it.
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‘Enamel is important because it’s one of the body’s barriers protecting teeth.
‘It cannot be restored so it’s vital to look after it.
‘You should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth, or at least 10 minutes before you eat, to ensure the active ingredients in the toothpaste have had a chance to do their job and protect the teeth, and so that your enamel is hardened.
‘When it comes to what to eat for breakfast, I recommend avoiding sugary cereal, acidic fruit and juice and milk at breakfast.
He added that good things to opt for porridge with honey and not white sugar, wholemeal toast, eggs, avocado and even a full English breakfast’.
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