Common mistakes in oral hygiene: brushing your teeth before or after breakfast?
"Don't forget to brush your teeth after eating": Most people learn this phrase early in childhood. But many brush their teeth in the morning after getting up and thus before the first meal. Is it now better to devote yourself to oral hygiene before or after breakfast? Experts clarify.
Prevent tooth decay and toothache
Nothing prevents tooth decay, gingivitis and toothache like brushing your teeth regularly. Oral hygiene also depends on the right technique. According to dentists, shaking and painting is particularly useful. In addition, you should properly clean the interdental spaces at least once a day. But when is the right time to brush your teeth? Health experts clarify.
Brush your teeth before or after breakfast?
“Actually - as we learned at some point - you should clean your teeth after every main meal. This is not always feasible, which is why it applies: at least twice a day, ”explains Dirk Kropp from the proDente initiative in a message from the dpa news agency.
Best after breakfast and especially after dinner. Dental care is much more important in the evening than the next morning.
However, do not use a toothbrush immediately after eating. "If you can, you should wait 30 minutes, especially if you've had acidic drinks or food," said the expert.
After this time, there is no longer any danger of brushing away the softened enamel surface.
Do not use a toothbrush immediately after eating
"The phrase" after eating - don't forget to brush your teeth "does not apply when eating acidic foods. Rather, brushing your teeth directly after eating oranges, for example, hurts, because the enamel is superficially softened and can therefore be "brushed away", "explains proDente on her website.
So if you like to eat fresh, sour fruit for breakfast, you should brush your teeth before eating, according to the experts.
If you don't want to wait half an hour after eating, "you should at least eat something containing calcium after the fruit, such as yogurt or cheese, or drink a glass of milk," advises the initiative.
"The calcium ions at least partially compensate for the mineral losses in the enamel caused by the acid," said the experts.
Experts recommend the KAI technology
The German Society for Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (DGZMK) points out in a statement that it is particularly important that fixed times are found in everyday personal life, "at which dental and oral hygiene are regular, without time pressure and is practiced with concentration. "
Brushing your teeth should take an average of two minutes, but for some groups such as seniors or children, more time may be required. The interdental spaces should also be cleaned once a day.
The so-called KAI technique is usually recommended by experts. This means that first the occlusal surfaces, then the outer surfaces and then the inside of the teeth are cleaned.
The right equipment
During the six-monthly check-up at the dentist or during professional tooth cleaning, you can find out whether you have been cleaned well enough.
Coloring tablets are sometimes used there, which provide information about where the teeth are not optimally cleaned.
Too much pressure when brushing is discouraged, as this can damage the enamel.
As a rule, dentists recommend brushes with soft to medium-hard, rounded bristles and short heads. These also make it easier to reach the back teeth. According to experts, whether manual or electric is in principle not so important.
The toothpaste should contain fluoride - 500 ppm in children and 1,500 ppm in adults. So-called whitening toothpastes with coarse cleaning bodies can damage the enamel and are therefore not recommended. (ad)