Why should you brush your teeth in the morning?

Have you ever heard the saying brush your teeth in the morning to keep you friends …brush at night to keep your teeth?

Most people brush the morning to get rid of the dreaded morning breath. That is the main reason people brush, but that is only one reason you should brush your teeth in the morning. When you sleep the saliva in your mouth decreases, which makes your teeth more susceptible to cavities. Many of the people I see on a daily basis admit they only brush once a day.

If you are only brushing once a day you are allowing the plaque and bacteria to have 24 hours to wreak havoc in your mouth.

These days brushing your teeth is not just about mouth health, the health of your mouth affects more than just your teeth. Dirty teeth can  actually make you sick. Bacteria in your mouth have been linked to several systemic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, preterm delivery, low birth weight, Alzheimer’s even erectile disfunction has been like to the bacteria in your mouth.

Oral Health is important for everyone no matter your age!

One out of two people have gingivitis and cavies are the # 1 preventable disease in children!

I have been a dental hygienist for over thirty years and I have seen thousands of mouths. The majority of people lack the respect and the understanding of the role their mouth plays in the connection of the overall of their body.

Most of us start brushing our teeth when we are kids, but we never really understood why just we do so we don’t get yelled at. I was never taught I should check to see if we are getting all the surfaces of our teeth to know if we are doing a good job or not. I recommend checking at least once a week with disclosing to see where you are missing. We do not really have a consistent method of knowing the health of our mouth unless we see a dentist.

If you follow me you know I talk allot about brushing your teeth. Why? Because most dental disease is 100% preventable with good oral health habits.

Brushing your teeth in the morning is important because it resets your mouth, removes the bacteria that grows in your mouth overnight, causes morning breath. You need to remove the plaque and biofilm that cause cavities.  I also recommend testing the pH of your mouth in the morning before brushing or eating to measure acidity. Especially if you are prone to getting cavities. If you have a pH lower than 7.0 I recommend rinsing to neutralize the pH before you brush. Some people consume acidic foods or beverages before bed and do not brush leaving their teeth vulnerable while they sleep.

Keep in mind you should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing after you have eaten something acidic. This is why I recommend pH testing. It is a simple spit test that takes less than 1 minute.

Acidic food, like fruit and juices, can wear down the enamel, so if you brush right after eating or drinking, you might damage your teeth.

Some professionals believe your best option to maintain healthy teeth is to brush right after you wake up, BEFORE eating breakfast and here’s why: Bacteria in your mouth that form overnight can react with the food you eat by causing acids and weakening the enamel.

So that brings up the question I thought you should brush after each meal? Yet we are also saying it is better to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.

So, which is it?

Brush after each meal or wait? I say it depends on the pH of your mouth. Whether you test the pH or not, brushing in the morning has several benefits.

  • Get rid of morning breath
  • Remove bacteria that can weaken the enamel
  • Remove any food debris you missed the night before
  • reduce the bacteria you pass on to someone else

Most dental professionals recommend brushing twice a day morning and night.

If you cannot brush at least rinse with water to control the pH of your mouth or chew gum or eat candy that has the first active ingredient of xylitol. Xylitol had been proven to reduce the bacteria that cause cavities! It has been said the bacteria eat and starve to death when chewing xylitol gum.

Xylitol is generally safe, but like other sugar alcohols, it can cause digestive issues such as bloating and diarrhea in some people. Xylitol can also be very toxic to dogs.

Xylitol is safe in the amounts found in foods.

It seems safe as a medicine for most adults in amounts up to about 50 grams per day.

 As in most things in life everything in moderation.

Toothbrushing twice a day is an important habit to not only maintain oral health but also overall health.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body, Healthy Life!

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