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When brushing your teeth can do more harm than good

When is it not allowed to brush your teeth?
When is it not allowed to brush your teeth?
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8:41 AM EDT, June 7, 2024

Brushing your teeth is not always recommended and can even be harmful in certain situations. Dr. Shaadi Manouchehri, a dentist from London, spoke about three situations in which we should not do this. Internet users were surprised.

We all know how important brushing our teeth twice a day is. Regular brushing helps avoid the buildup of plaque, which can lead to cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. However, knowing when not to brush your teeth is equally important. Dr. Shaadi Manouchehri, a dentist from London, explains this.

Do not brush your teeth when..

Dr. Manouchehri spoke about three situations in which we should never brush our teeth. Such action will have quite the opposite effect of what is intended.

First of all, do not brush your teeth immediately after vomiting.

"This is probably all you wanna do after you vomited but actually the contents of the stomach are extremely acidic, and your teeth are made up of minerals; so when the contents of the stomach have come into the mouth, then the mouth is very acidic," explains Dr. Manouchehri.

"If you brush straight away, you're rubbing the acid onto the teeth even more. So wait at least 30 to 60 minutes before you brush your teeth. What you can do instead is rinse out with some mouthwash, to begin with," the dentist advises.

Secondly, do not brush your teeth immediately after consuming coffee.

"Coffee is quite acidic, and especially if you add milk and sugar, that can make the acidity even worse. Exact same concept if you go and brush your teeth straight away. Wait at least 30 to 60 minutes. You don't actually have to brush your teeth; just rinse out with some mouthwash or drink water," says the dentist.

Before or after breakfast - the order is incredibly important

The third point is related to brushing teeth after breakfast. "Do not brush your teeth after breakfast; brush them beforehand because if you brush straight away, you're gonna be damaging your enamel," advises Dr. Manouchehri. "When you first wake up in the morning, you have quite a lot of bacteria in the mouth, and that needs to be brushed before you have your breakfast," she emphasizes.

This is entirely new to many people. Some Internet users were amazed, as expressed in the comments section under Dr. Manouchehri's video.

"I have been brushing my teeth after coffee and breakfast for 10 years," stated one user. "I vomited 30 minutes ago and brushed my teeth," wrote another.

However, there are those for whom this is not new. "That's why I brush my teeth right after getting up; I don't understand how someone wouldn't do this"; "I do all these things, and my dentist says I have some of the best teeth he has seen," we read.

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