Many people have been wondering for years: should I brush my teeth before or after breakfast? We often get different answers to this question. One advises us to always brush our teeth before breakfast, because otherwise you damage your teeth. The other claims that there is no harm in brushing after your first meal of the day. In this blog, we will compare the two options to draw our conclusions.

Brushing after breakfast

Many websites claim it is bad for your teeth to brush after breakfast because this damages the enamel. This is theoretically possible if your breakfast includes fruit juice or soft drinks. When you brush your teeth right after drinking these acidic drinks, you might damage your enamel slightly because fruit juice and soft drinks temporarily weaken the enamel that protects your teeth. However, you would have to brush really hard and with an abrasive toothpaste. Fortunately, most toothpastes contain so little abrasive ingredients that they don’t do any damage. 

Brushing before breakfast

Almost all toothpastes contain fluoride, which enhances enamel. When you brush your teeth before breakfast, you decrease the likelihood of fruit juice and the like damaging your teeth. In theory, it is best to brush and floss your teeth before eating. If you nevertheless want to leave the house with a fresh breath, you can brush your teeth a little without toothpaste after breakfast. This way you can easily remove any food residues.

The conclusion

Theoretically, it is true that you might damage the enamel when you brush your teeth after breakfast. However, because the difference between brushing your teeth before or after breakfast is so minimal, in practice it doesn’t really make a difference when you brush your teeth. Do you drink fruit juice or soft drinks? Do you use a very abrasive toothpaste? Then we recommend brushing your teeth before breakfast.