Should You Brush Your Teeth Before Or After Having Coffee?

The Toothpaste Blend

My wife and I are completely the opposite when it comes to waking up. As soon as I hear my alarm I’m like a robot. I jump out of bed, wash my face, brush my teeth, and make coffee. My wife on the other hand stays in bed, checks her phone for ten minutes, then slowly crawls out of bed to get ready. I’m also extremely fast and don’t like to waste any time. I’m usually at an 8 out of 10 in terms of energy level as soon as I wake up.

The good thing about being a morning person is that I get a lot of things done quickly. But the bad thing is my first sip of coffee doesn’t taste good. As much as I try to rinse my mouth with water, I always end up tasting a combination of toothpaste and Bella Finca. If you’re like 99.9% of the population that doesn’t enjoy this flavor combination then continue reading below.

Dentist's Recommendation

According to Dr. Christina Meiners, a dentist at CommuniCare Health Centers, you should actually be brushing your teeth BEFORE drinking coffee because this technique will allow stains to lift easier. “If you keep it nice and clean, then there’s less for the coffee to grab onto your teeth or adhere to,” she told the Huffington Post.

The acidity from the drink actually makes your enamel (the protective outer layer of your teeth) more vulnerable to damage when you brush AFTER having coffee. So, instead of brushing again, Dr Meiners recommends you should simply rinse your mouth out with water after finishing your coffee. When you brush your teeth after coffee you’re brushing more acid onto your teeth, which can actually cause them to break down faster and cause more sensitivities.

Backup Option

If you still want to brush your teeth after your morning coffee, experts say to wait at least 30 minutes before giving your teeth a cleaning. “Your saliva neutralizes the pH in your mouth,” says Sonya Krasilnikov, a dentist at New York City’s Dental House. “In a half-hour your mouth is back to its healthy state where the pH should be, and brushing is perfectly safe.”

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