Whether you’re diligent and on top of your dental routine or not, we all know the suggested daily routine. Brush and floss twice a day – once when you wake up and then again before we go to sleep. However, as with most seemingly simple rules of thumb, there lies some controversy. More and more, studies and experts corroborate the idea that it’s time to refine that idea.
Rethink Your Time to Shine
In the morning, most of us head bathroom to get showered, shaved, and brushed before we’re ready to take on the day. The other majority would instead rather get the taste of death out of their mouth with a little breakfast – hit two birds with one stone taking away that nasty feeling and hunger pangs at the same time. However, opinions start to lean toward brushing *before* breakfast is the right order of operations, after all.
“It’s like eating off of a dirty plate,” and so it’s been said. While there’s no evidence that the bacteria buildup on your teeth and in your mouth will do any harm, the general idea holds water elsewhere! If you’re the kind of person to take orange juice or coffee with your morning chow, it’s wise to take note of all that acid on your teeth. The bacteria work to weaken your enamel layer while you sleep, and then adding on all that acid and sugar afterward will only worsen the issue. If you brush after the bacteria and acid have gone to work on your enamel layer, it’s an easy way to scrub away that protective layer.
With that in mind, the suggested order of operations goes as follows – Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste when you wake up and then rinse with mouthwash. Then it’s time for breakfast, followed by a quick rinse with water, and then it’s time to floss. Finding time to brush and floss before or at least 30 minutes after food and drink is generally the way to go.
On the Topic of Flossing
While the topic of flossing is here, the vote is just about unanimous. There’s never a wrong time to floss. After any meal where foodstuffs could have gotten between your teeth, a quick run-through with a floss pick or something along those lines is just the ticket. Keeping the space between your teeth as clean as possible is genuinely always recommended to corner the problem of bacteria and food, making the problem worse with time. The only time it’s considered ‘too much flossing’ is if you hurt your gums – anything before that is great!
Generally, though, the more care you take to your teeth, the better off you are. The number one priority, no matter the order of operations, should be to make sure it gets *done* one way or the other. Even doing it in the wrong order is so much better for your teeth than not doing it at all!
Preventative Care is the Best Care!
We at Cabrillo Family Dental are well versed in taking care of problems when they arise, but the best care is making sure the problem stops before it even starts! Our preventative dental care services and consultation can be just what you need to learn how to stay on top of your health. Come visit our offices and learn how you can be avoiding being a patient of ours in the future!