Does it matter when we brush our teeth? Professionals tend to agree that as long as we brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time it is purely a matter of personal preference as to precisely when we do it. It may be a good idea however, to follow a specific routine. Put aside a time when you will be able to give your full attention to brushing and flossing, it’s not something you should hurry through.

We often like to brush soon after we get up in the morning to get rid of the “yucky” feeling in our mouths that we wake up with but brushing right before breakfast can affect the taste of your food. A better choice may be to wait until after eating, but brushing in the a.m. does help to replenish the flow of saliva that naturally slows when we are sleeping.

Brushing too soon after eating can be hard on the tooth enamel. Any food or drink with a high acidic content will begin to eat away at a tooth’s surface and brushing while the enamel is so vulnerable will only add to the stress. If you know you will be eating or drinking something particularly acidic it’s better to brush before your meal. A fluoride toothpaste will serve to reinforce and strengthen the enamel.

Common sense tells us that brushing our teeth after eating something sweet and sugary is beneficial in the fight against tooth decay. The longer our teeth are exposed to the threat the higher the risk for damage. This is also something to remember at bedtime. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed will help get rid of the bacteria that has collected in your mouth over the course of a day.

Dr. Conway heads up the staff of Spokane Valley Dentistry. The practice is proud to provide patients with the best in care and the latest in dental technology. Call the office @ 509-926-6261 or visit the website to schedule your appointment online.