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When to brush your teeth?

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Posted by: johnny30  (9 years ago)
Heres a simple question thats been bugging me for quite a while now, I never really had the opportunity to ask it!

When is the best time to brush your teeth?

Is it before you eat breakfast in the morning, or after?

Similarly, is brushing your teeth the last thing you should do before going to bed at night? Or can one have a glass of milk or something after brushing?

Cheers,

John
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Posted by: Irine34  (9 years ago)
I do believe you are supposed to brush your teeth first thing in the am, last thing before bed with no more food / drink consumed... and after every meal.

well this is what we were taught growing up. Would be interested to see what a dentist had to say

just my 2 cents ;)
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Posted by: memi27tz  (9 years ago)
I agree with Irene, that is what I have been teached, too. However, I am not an expert, either. Lets see what they say ;)
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Posted by: snakeskin  (9 years ago)
HAHA same here! I prefer to brush my teeth after breakfast though.. I wonder if it makes a big difference?
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Hello Everyone!

Brushing your teeth immediately after eating is not ideal. However, there is no need to get too scientific about the timing - most important is that the teeth are thoroughly cleaned!

For example, a post-cleaning check using plaque tablets can help. Furthermore, use a soft toothbrush so you don’t cause any damage to your dental enamel.
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: lovevegas  (9 years ago)
Ah ok.. good to know! I think Ill stick to brushing my teeth right before bedtime and after breakfast in the morning... very very carefully of course! ;)
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