If you enjoy eating cereal before brushing your teeth, it’s time for a change. A popular dentist on TikTok explains why.
We all know how important it is to take care of the health of our teeth and gums, which means brushing our teeth twice a day and using mouthwash and floss. However, most people wait to brush their teeth until after breakfast, thinking that they’ll remove bits of food. If you’re someone who skips brushing upon waking up and chooses to brush later, stop! A dentist who receives numerous views on TikTok explained in a short video why you should brush, then eat.
Posting on TikTok, dental therapist, Anna Peterson, uploaded a video explaining that it’s crucial to always brush before eating breakfast because doing it the other way around can damage the enamel on your teeth.
She said: “Did you know you shouldn’t brush your teeth after breakfast, always before?
“There’s two reasons for this.”
“When you at breakfast your mouth becomes acidic, so what you’re doing when you brush your teeth after breakfast is brushing the acid into the tooth and this wears away the enamel.”
“And, brushing before breakfast protects your teeth from anything you’re going to eat.”
Her video has since been viewed over million times and garnered over 166K likes.
Commenting on it, some people disregarded her advice. One person said: “I don’t fancy minty cereal…”
Someone else wrote: “Not all dentists agree on this. Some dentists say it’s fine as long as you leave 30 mins after eating/drinking.”
But others were grateful. One said: “Thanks. I always brush straight away after waking up.”
Another asked: “Why does nobody tell you this? Never ever got told anything about personal care when I was in school.”
A different user who has Invisalign braces pointed out they have to “brush after they eat” before putting their Invisalign back in their mouth.
Watch the video below for more details: