Should you Brush Before or After Breakfast?

By Destination Smile - January 05, 2021

Brushing is one of the most important things to do in the morning. But, there is one question that’s probably crossed our minds at some point: should I brush before or after breakfast? The answer isn’t as simple as you think; keep reading to learn more.

The short answer is: there are advantages and disadvantages to both times.

Brushing Before

The main benefit of brushing before breakfast is that you remove any bacteria or plaque that built up while you were asleep. You feel much more refreshed in the morning with a clean and stink-free mouth. Having breakfast afterwards is the main issue, as a minty mouth can alter the taste of your favourite breakfast foods and make them less pleasant. Also, depending on what you eat, you’ll spend the rest of the day with sugar and citric acid in your mouth. Not exactly beneficial for a healthy mouth.


Brushing After

Cleaning your teeth directly after having breakfast sounds like a good idea, but can come with some negative consequences. If you have food with citric acid or sugars in them, they can temporarily soften the surface of your teeth. Brushing with weakened teeth can damage them, especially if you do it regularly.


What to do?

Our advice would be to wait a little while after eating breakfast if you can, about 20 or 30 minutes. Rinsing out your mouth with water and waiting will put your teeth back in their regular state, and you can brush without issue. If you don’t have time to spare in the morning, that’s no problem; why not bring a small toiletry bag to work and brush your teeth in the bathroom?



You’ve heard our advice, good luck with your morning routine! Even with a clean brush in the morning, you may not be happy with how your smile looks. Have you considered DestinationSmile?