When to Brush in the Morning

It’s no secret that brushing your teeth in the morning is one of the most important parts of the beginning of your day. But breakfast is also in this category, as well! So patients ask; when should you brush your teeth—before or after breakfast? Your Stamford dentist is here to give you some helpful tips about your brushing habits and go into depth about what happens to your teeth when you’re sleeping.

The reason that your teeth need to be cleaned when you wake up in the morning is because your body isn’t working at 100% when you’re sleeping. Everything is going much slower than usual, so the amount of saliva that you produce isn’t nearly as much when you’re sleeping as it is during the day. Your saliva is a critical part of your dental and oral health; it helps to maintain your teeth and gums to protect their surfaces.

At the end of the day, your saliva is at its lowest right before you go to sleep, so we highly recommend to stay away from the sweets and desserts. Eating a lot of sugar at night will feed into the bacteria in your mouth, which can put your teeth at risk for tooth decay. No matter if you brush your teeth or not, your teeth will still be damaged.

Now, when the morning comes, when’s the right time to brush your teeth—before or after breakfast? Well, it’s up to you! The reason that we brush our teeth in the morning is to remove and break up the bacteria that has built up on your teeth and gums overnight. All we really want is for our patients to brush their teeth in the morning, no matter what!

If you’d like to schedule an appointment, a consultation, or need some more tips on how to protect your teeth, call our office for your Stamford dentist at (203) 252-2000 today!