Coffee Survey: Do you Brush Teeth Before or After Coffee? 

This is part of a coffee survey that OnCoffeeMakers conduct with our friends (over at OCM IG page), and in this particular session, we asked them whether they brush teeth before or after coffee. And here is the video in a short form video. And if you want to know a little about what this debate is all about, read on. 

Coffee is an essential part of our mornings. It helps us to wake up and start our day with a jolt of energy. However, there is a debate among coffee drinkers about when to drink coffee – before or after brushing your teeth. A survey conducted by with 1000 people showed that 52% of the participants preferred drinking coffee before brushing their teeth, while 49% preferred drinking it after.

There are valid arguments for both sides. For example, some people prefer drinking coffee before brushing their teeth to avoid the bitter taste of toothpaste mixing with their coffee. Others prefer to brush their teeth first to start their day with a fresh mouth and a clean palate.

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However, dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth before drinking your morning coffee. This is because the acidity in coffee can wear down your teeth's protective outer layer, known as enamel. Brushing your teeth before drinking coffee helps to remove the plaque and bacteria that have built up in your mouth overnight, which reduces the amount of acid that comes into contact with your teeth.

Additionally, brushing your teeth increases the pH in your mouth, making it less acidic. This helps to protect your teeth from the acid in coffee, reducing the risk of tooth decay and erosion.

It is also essential to wait at least 30 minutes after drinking your morning coffee before brushing your teeth. This is because drinking coffee raises the acidity levels in your mouth, and brushing your teeth immediately after drinking coffee can cause more harm than good. Again, this is because the acid from the coffee can weaken your tooth enamel, making it easier for your toothbrush bristles to wear it down further.

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Instead of brushing immediately, rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum to help break down the acid faster. Waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth will give your mouth time to neutralise the acid from the coffee, reducing the risk of further damage to your teeth.

According to Dr Emily Lin, founder of Dental House, a dental practice in New York City, "When you eat or drink anything acidic, the pH in your mouth drops, and the enamel becomes softer. You want to avoid brushing at this time because it can further damage the enamel. Instead, it's better to rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum."

In conclusion, drinking coffee before brushing your teeth may help you avoid the bitter taste of toothpaste, but it can also increase the risk of enamel erosion and tooth decay. Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth before drinking your morning coffee and waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing again. Rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum to help break down the acid faster. Taking care of your teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to ensure a healthy smile for years.

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