Brush your teeth 30 minutes after having breakfast, not before – Dentist

Resident Dentist of Pepsodent Ghana’s Dental TV show ‘Time With The Dentist” Dr Gwendolyn Amarquaye-Bayitse’ has advised that the whole brushing process should be done twice daily, after breakfast and at night before bedtime.

It is often said that teeth never go out of style, and that is why we need to care for them by brushing in the morning and at bedtime.

While it may seem tempting to skip brushing your teeth at night, especially after a hard day’s work, its importance goes beyond having a fresh breath. It helps prevent cavity, tooth decay, and gum disease.

“In the morning when we wake up, we all want to have a fresh breath before we go out to meet people, and that is very important. The effect of Fluoride on the teeth is essential in the morning.

“We need fluoride to come in contact with the teeth throughout the process of brushing to help strengthen the teeth, and it is advisable we brush after breakfast,” she said.

 

She emphasised that “it is also important to note that brushing in the morning should not be done immediately after breakfast, but you must wait 30 minutes to 1 hour after breakfast before brushing.

“For those of us who may be in a hurry for one reason or the other, should rinse their mouth with water before brushing”.

During the day, we consume food and beverages, which in addition to the micro-bacteria and germs in our mouth, turn to form plaque on the surfaces of our teeth.

That is one of the most important reasons to brush at night before bedtime to avoid allowing these germs and micro-organisms to feed on these plaques, which results in tooth decay and gum disease.

Dr Gwendolyn Amarquaye-Bayitse stated that “skipping night brushing rather increases your chances of getting tooth decay and gum diseases.”

Always remember to invite your family to brush with you and make it a fun and enjoyable activity.

Time with The Dentist is a dental TV show by Pepsodent in partnership with the Ghana Dental Association.

The show seeks to educate Ghanaians on basic oral hygiene routines, care for the teeth and some myths and facts about maintaining good oral hygiene

It shows weekly on TV3, Adom TV, UTV, MX24 and GHOne TV.

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