I Love OJ and Must Brush My Teeth: What Can I Do?
To avoid the unpleasant taste of orange juice and toothpaste:
Eat and drink first, then brush your teeth. Just keep in mind that you should wait about 60 minutes after eating/drinking any citrus foods before brushing to avoid damaging your teeth's enamel.
Eating, waiting for 60 minutes, then brushing might shake up your morning routine, but the upsides are:
- It'll feel good not having "breakfast teeth" the rest of the day.
- You'll get OJ's plaque-causing acid and sugar off your teeth sooner than if you waited until your next brushing, which usually occurs at the end of the day.
You also might drink a glass of water during those 60 minutes to further ensure you won't damage your enamel when brushing after consuming citrus.
Switch to a toothpaste that doesn't contain SLS. If you aren't sure which toothpaste to use, you can always talk to your dental professionals to see what they recommend.
One tip: Many kinds of toothpaste for sensitive teeth are SLS-free.
Many taste combinations that seem yucky to some might appeal to others – chocolate and potato chips, anyone? But unless you adore a truly harsh taste in your mouth, toothpaste with SLS and orange juice won't do. We've given you solutions for solving your morning problem. Now it's up to you to banish the bitter and savor the sweet!