You may already know about the importance of brushing your teeth. It keeps oral health issues, such as gum disease or cavities, at bay. Plus, your whole body benefits by keeping harmful bacteria out of your system. The American Dental Association recommends you brush for two minutes twice a day. However, when is the best time to brush your teeth? It matters more than you think:

Brushing Your Teeth in the Morning

When you get up in the morning, bacteria will accumulate in your mouth overnight. It’s a result of reduced saliva production while you sleep. That’s why you have what’s called “morning breath.” Ideally, brush your teeth right when you wake up. It will eliminate the plaque film that forms on your teeth and increase saliva in your mouth. 

However, most people don’t brush their teeth right away. Instead, they go for one thing: coffee. Then, brush their teeth after. Unfortunately, that can do more harm than good. Brushing your teeth right after breakfast or your favorite morning brew can be risky. Your teeth can be damaged because the acid in coffee, and many other breakfast choices, can weaken your tooth enamel. So, if you don’t brush your teeth first thing in the morning, wait at least 30 minutes to an hour after breakfast. 

Brushing Your Teeth at Night

When you go to bed at night, your routine probably includes flossing and brushing your teeth. It’s important to brush your teeth as close to your bedtime as possible. You don’t produce as much saliva during the night, so the bacteria in your mouth increases. That’s why you want to freshen your mouth right before you go to sleep.

Then, once you’ve brushed your teeth, the only thing you should be enjoying is water. Any other food or beverage will increase your risk for cavities if you go to bed without brushing after. 

Plus, if you haven’t made it a habit to floss. Try to do it at least once at night. Make sure you floss before you brush, however. That way you can get rid of the food debris you picked up. 

Want more personalized tips about your at-home oral care routine? Don’t forget to schedule a checkup! We’ll do a cleaning, reaching all those places you miss at home. We’ll also examine your mouth to catch any lingering oral health issues. Call Kirchner Dental of New Albany today at 812-913-6093 (Jeffersonville) 812-884-8304 (New Albany) 502-430-3451 (St. Matthews) for an appointment or schedule online. You can also visit us in Jeffersonville, IN and St. Matthews.