We've all done it once, go to bed without brushing your teeth. Not so fresh, but hey, it can happen sometime, right? And when we have just had a sandwich with a cup of coffee, we quickly brush a brush through our mouth.
But how bad is that, actually going to bed without brushing your teeth? It's okay if you don't brush your teeth just before you go to bed. As long as you don't eat or drink anything after your last brush. At night, your teeth are more susceptible to bacteria because you produce much less saliva. Dentists therefore recommend brushing your teeth twice every 24 hours. But the exact time you do this is of less importance … In fact, the more time there is between the last cleaning and bedtime, the better! This way the fluoride in the toothpaste is given time to do its job. But don't run straight to the bathroom when you've just eaten, because that's a bad idea. Every meal increases the acidity in your mouth and this makes your tooth enamel temporarily fragile and soft. If you then go over it with a toothbrush, you run the risk of permanently damaging it! Dentists advise not to insert more than seven eating times per day (including drinks and juices). Your saliva neutralizes this acid, but it takes thirty minutes for that. Therefore, wait at least half an hour after the meal before brushing your teeth. On a normal working day it is recommended to brush before breakfast in order to increase the time between brushing and eating. Learned something again!