When is the best time to brush your teeth
Dentists advise brushing their teeth after each meal, but due to habit and daily routine, 96% of my readers brush their teeth 1-2 times a day. I won’t urge you to clean more often, as the benefits are clear and proven in research. Much more interesting is the question: at what time is tooth brushing more effective in preventing caries. For example, three different people brush their teeth once a day, but one does it before breakfast, the other after, and the third before bed, and the effect will be fundamentally different. I propose to analyze all the options in order to choose the most effective one for different labor costs.
Once a day
… after sleep or after breakfast?
Let’s start with those who brush their teeth once a day, especially since the share of such people reaches 46%, and there are several options for the time of the procedure in this group. The most popular option in this group: in the morning before breakfast (20% of respondents). In their comments, you can find typical arguments in favor of your choice, like this: after waking up, bad breath is unpleasant, and swallowing it all with breakfast is disgusting.
Freshly brushed teeth after breakfast will again become a target for plaque formation. Plaque is the accumulation of bacteria in a conglomerate of proteins and dietary fiber that forms immediately after a meal. Plaque formation begins with the binding of food glycoproteins to calcium ions and tooth enamel phosphates.
The first to colonize plaque are lactobacilli and cocci, which anaerobically decompose food carbohydrates to lactic acid. As a result, the pH of the plaque shifts to the acidic side, which causes the enamel to dissolve. Therefore, if you brush your teeth in the morning, then it is more advisable to do it after breakfast, as 13% of respondents do. However, brushing your teeth after breakfast, but once a day, means only a little to slow down carious processes, which proceed much faster at night.
… better before bed than in the morning
During sleep, carious processes proceed faster than during wakefulness for two reasons. Firstly, during sleep in a closed mouth, the temperature rises and the access of oxygen decreases, which contributes to the multiplication of anaerobic Weinonella, Neisseria and Fusobacteria. This is what bacteria colonies look like on dietary fibers of dental plaque magnified 2,000 timesПоділитися цим: