Should You Clean Your Teeth to Eat?

Your St Paul Dentist Discusses What Should Come First: Breakfast or Brushing Your Teeth


One of the first things that you learn about your oral and dental health at a young age is to make sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice a day—once in the morning and once at night. Although this is one of the first things your St Paul dentist tells you at a young age, this is something that patients still struggle with. Another simple, but thoughtful question that people may have is when the best time to brush your teeth in the morning is; is it before breakfast or after you eat?


Let’s dive further into this dilemma and see what’s going on with your teeth and gums while you’re sleeping. As you sleep, your entire body slows down to properly rest for the night, which means that your saliva production has slowed down, too. Your saliva that you produce throughout the day works to protect the surface of your teeth and gums with the minerals created. Saliva production throughout the day is around 80%, while at night it’s at about 10-15%.


This is the reason that people often wake up in the morning with bad breath and usually the motivation for brushing your teeth the moment you recognize it. But what about breakfast? It’s the most important meal of the day, but brushing your teeth is important too—so which comes first?


The truth is, either can come first! It’s not a race. As long as you brush your teeth at all, your dental and oral health are benefitting from it and becoming stronger. If you brush your teeth before you eat breakfast, you’re getting rid of the lingering taste in your mouth that’s bad breath. If you brush your teeth after you eat, you’re getting rid of any excess food particles from your meal.


To continue to take care of your smile with the help of your St Paul dentist, call our practice to schedule an appointment or consultation at (651) 455-1601.