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Doctor reveals post-breakfast don'ts

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Author: Daria Shekina

After breakfast, it is strongly advised not to brush your teeth as you will be damaging the enamel, according to a statement by dentist Michael Mosley to Express.

Why you shouldn't brush your teeth after breakfast

A doctor explained that many people do it wrong, and ultimately weaken their enamel by brushing their teeth after eating, which is a hard glossy substance.

According to the dentist, people should brush their teeth before breakfast. The American Dental Association claims that if you haven't brushed your teeth before breakfast, you should wait at least 30 minutes afterward because the acid from food weakens tooth enamel.

Dr. Khaled Kasem, chief orthodontist at Impress, also explained why brushing teeth immediately after eating can cause problems.

"We’d always advise you to brush your teeth before you’ve eaten breakfast. This is because when you eat breakfast, the acid in the mouth weakens the tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities and other oral health problems," the dentist said.

"Additionally, if you brush too soon after eating, it can cause even further damage to your teeth, potentially requiring dental treatment, so whenever possible brush as soon as you wake up to strengthen enamel and set you up for the day," he added.

If you enjoy acidic foods or drinks, such as coffee or fruits, for breakfast, the American Dental Association recommends waiting 60 minutes after eating before brushing, as this can damage tooth enamel.