Teeth brushing in the morning?

(56 Posts)
Feminine Sun 16-Feb-14 19:03:10

Inspired by another thread here today. I am constantly shocked by the amount of people that claim to be too busy to brush their teeth first thing! They go to the school drop off, visit me... Then claim they haven't had a chance.
Am l being unreasonable to think there is no excuse and no life too busy to skip it?

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Sun 16-Feb-14 19:04:30

I brush mine while I'm on the loo first thing. Multi tasking. grin

I wouldn't inflict my morning breath on anyone and I wouldn't thank anyone for inflicting theirs on me!

Mrsmorton Sun 16-Feb-14 19:04:42

It's awful. Absolutely disgusting IMO. Two minutes or hideous breath, gum disease and dental decay. Not a tough choice in my book!

There is never an excuse to miss toothbrushing, ever!

It's grimness of the highest order, yuk !

SingMoreWhenYoureWinning Sun 16-Feb-14 19:06:28

That's rank. I wouldn't leave the house without brushing my teeth.

I will admit to every so often forgetting to brush them before bed...but morning is essential, akin to getting dressed before going out to me.

I often clean mine in the shower. Don't know whether that's ok or not. I have one of those waterpiks too and it's less messy that way.

I couldn't go out without brushing my teeth, and wouldn't let the DC out either. 2 minutes it takes. confused

WorraLiberty Sun 16-Feb-14 19:08:01

I used to work with a woman who was too busy to brush her teeth in the mornings.

She used to wear a full face of makeup though confused

VelmaD Sun 16-Feb-14 19:08:27

Eeeew that one I dont get. My teeth get brushed twice a day, if not more. Morning breath is icky.

Amy106 Sun 16-Feb-14 19:08:49

I can't imagine not brushing my teeth in the morning.

Feminine Sun 16-Feb-14 19:12:05

I don't know why l know so many people that don't.

SapphireMoon Sun 16-Feb-14 19:24:02

I am sometimes half way to school and realise my children haven't cleaned their teeth but me.... always.....

MummyPig24 Sun 16-Feb-14 19:39:44

We all brush our teeth twice a day. It's not something I could ever forget to do.

GingerRodgers Sun 16-Feb-14 19:46:18

Always brush teeth twice a day apart from at the mo. Seriously suffering from pregnancy sickness and brushing at night makes me violently sick.

phantomnamechanger Sun 16-Feb-14 19:49:59

can I ask a daft Q - WHEN are you all cleaning yr teeth? cleaning teeth here is done after breakfast, almost the last thing before leaving the house. Have read on here that people do it as soon as they /their DD get up - then eat breakfast....why bother, they are dirty again straight away??

ziggiestardust Sun 16-Feb-14 19:52:06

Ew! Who doesn't brush their teeth in the morning?! That's so dirty, I can't believe people don't!

Vickiyumyum Sun 16-Feb-14 19:54:24

Gross- I spend most mornings hearding dc into the bathroom to brush their teeth.

In our house it's up downstairs for breakfast still in pj's then upstairs for shower/wash then teeth and get dressed.

sykadelic15 Sun 16-Feb-14 19:55:26

I have forgotten once or twice because my alarm didn't go off and I thought I had. For this reason (and because I'm a little anal about it) I carry the colgate toothbrush things with the little mouthwash bead and brush them on the way to work.

Hasn't happened for a while but yes I understand forgetting in a moment of panic/drama but not being "too busy". I brush mine in the shower as part of my ritual (before washing my face).

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 16-Feb-14 19:57:20

A quick brush as soon as I get up, then a proper brush after breakfast.

Can't imagine going out, or even staying in, with yucky teeth.

HandMini Sun 16-Feb-14 20:00:12

I'm with Sing - sometimes I forget to before I fall asleep, but never never before I leave the house. I don't feel properly awake unless I have washed my face and cleaned my teeth.

Ugh, I can't stand people who don't brush their teeth. It's rank.

I once went on a blind date with a guy who was lovely in all aspects except his teeth. He clearly never brushed them and they were vile. It takes 4 minutes a day and saves a lifetime of hassle and expense.

droopytulip Sun 16-Feb-14 20:03:22

Here you go phantom [http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/Teethcleaningguide.aspx]

droopytulip Sun 16-Feb-14 20:05:55

Sorry www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/Teethcleaningguide.aspx brushing before you eat breakfast is best. Something to do with the acid you produce while eating damaging your teeth if you brush after food.

LowCloudsForming Sun 16-Feb-14 20:07:45

YUK. That's akin to someone saying that they haven't wiped their bottom before leaving the house. Teeth should be cleaned morning and night AT A MINIMUM! No wonder that the British are the International joke when it comes to dental hygiene. Dirty teeth = bad breath and dental decay. There sis no excuse as it can be done in parallel while your child does it. How sad that anyone could place their dental hygiene so low!

EBearhug Sun 16-Feb-14 20:10:35

I am constantly shocked by the amount of people that claim to be too busy to brush their teeth first thing!

How do you know? I may suspect some people of not doing so < looks pointedly at colleague > - but I don't actually know about anyone's teeth-cleaning habits, except the last man I was seeing. I don't even know what my sister does - I assume it's similar to me, as we were brought up in the same way, but there are other things we differ in, so this could be the same.

If you brush after eating, it should be at least half an hour or so after, as that means there's less risk of the acids from eating risking your tooth enamel, I think.

If I'm feeling out of sorts, I often find brushing my teeth and washing my hair can help a lot.

winterlace Sun 16-Feb-14 20:10:42

It shouldn't take two minutes - more like five. Regardless, it isn't pleasant.

mistermakersgloopyglue Sun 16-Feb-14 20:12:04

Yes i thought it was not a great idea to brush straight after eating because of acid erosion etc. I always brush just after getting dressed before going downstairs, although I don't eat breakfast anyway so it makes no difference.

winterlace Sun 16-Feb-14 20:13:10

Oh and teeth certainly don't get 'dirty ' through eating. I do mine as soon as I get up after having a wee!

Many foods are very good for teeth and fruit and raw veg can be very helpful for refreshing breath.

LowCloudsForming Sun 16-Feb-14 20:16:14

PS Tooth wise, it's even worse not to clean them at night! Acid has even more time to do the evil..

ILoveWooly Sun 16-Feb-14 20:18:48

They only need to get up TWO MINUTES earlier. YUCK!!!

mygorgeousmilo Sun 16-Feb-14 20:19:36

I'm sorry to sound like a complete champion of everything but I have three DS under 3 and I have done all the housework and showered before taking DS1 to nursery at 9. Get up earlier!! Bleeuuughhhh The thing is, even if you told this yukky person, they're a non-tooth-brusher....there's little hope of changing them!

TonyThePony Sun 16-Feb-14 20:29:40

I couldn't leave the house without brushing mine.

I even brush them before making morning phonecalls blush

Mrsmorton Sun 16-Feb-14 20:34:56

Food doesn't make your teeth dirty though. Plaque does. It's best to brush before eating. I've just had my supper and I don't have food all over my teeth, why would you?

WitchWay Sun 16-Feb-14 20:40:05

I brush my teeth in the morning before I do anything else, & I mean anything. Even if I'm going to slob around in pyjamas for a while.

Bodicea Sun 16-Feb-14 20:53:26

Slightly off topic but just wondering if this is just me or normal. I find that if I brush my teeth straight after getting up then my breath is not as fresh as if I wait 20 min or so. It's like the bad breath from my sleep is still coming up.
Has any one else noticed this?

Borntorun25 Sun 16-Feb-14 21:47:04

I brush immediately I get up as I hate the smell and taste of morning breath. Then have breakfast. Then rebrush before I leave for work, my mouth feels sticky and unclean otherwise.
I always brush before going out anywhere in evening too. Just feels better. And of course at night pre bed.
We get through a lot of toothpaste in our house grin

Housewife2010 Sun 16-Feb-14 21:58:58

It's gross, but what i also find quite repellant are people who don't wash their faces in the morning & you talk to them & see sleep in their eyes! I have a lovely friend I often chat to in the morning at school, but quite often I see "eye snot". Ugh!

looselegs Sun 16-Feb-14 22:03:38

....none of us ever clean our teeth before bed-can't be arsed and it's more hassle than it's worth to try and get the kids to do it (they're 15 and 10 and I really don't need the whining before bed....).
Having said that......we all visit the dentist every 6 months without fail. DS is 15. He has never needed a filling or a scale and polish and the last time we went, the dentist congratulated him on his perfect teeth.DD is 10 and has also never needed a filling or a scale and polish.I haven't needed anything doing to my teeth-apart from the odd polish cos I like how it feels-for 23 years.
We all clean our teeth in the morning and use mouthwash every day.And if I had smelly breath,DH would tell me and visa verse.

hobbjobb Sun 16-Feb-14 22:39:54

I get the bus to work in the mornings, I am currently 26w pregnant so I admit I have the sense of smell of a bloodhound, but I get on the bus and actually gag every morning as it just reeks of bad breath and unwashed bodies.
I can't understand how anyone can leave the house without having at least a quick wash and brushing their teeth, it's disgusting.

Feminine Sun 16-Feb-14 22:47:45

Thanks for your responses!

Innogen Sun 16-Feb-14 22:48:30

Always brush in the morning. Have too, hate that fuzzy feeling.

I often brush them in the shower!

DipMeInChocolate Sun 16-Feb-14 22:52:20

I brush before breakfast too. Once I'm downstairs, I'm virtually out the door so it's just easier.

LowCloudsForming Sun 16-Feb-14 23:19:13

Just to reiterate…morning important, night time critical! Seriously for those non night time brushers…change!

paddyclampo Sun 16-Feb-14 23:36:35

I can't believe anyone would even contemplate leaving the house without washing their face and brushing their teeth. I struggle to leave without a shower as well. Some people are just grim!

FoxesRevenge Mon 17-Feb-14 00:33:39

hobbjobb I'm not pregnant but also share a sense of smell with a bloodhoundgrin. I smell things before other people do too if that makes sense. It's a bit of a joke with family and friends, they reckon I'm like a CO2 or smoke detector! Journeys on public transport and other confined spaces with other people are not pleasant.

Bankholidaybaby Mon 17-Feb-14 01:17:48

EBearhug, OP is probably a dentist, having mentioned people visiting her with dirty teeth after the school run.

Kytti Mon 17-Feb-14 04:05:07

My parents always made me do mine at night, never in the morning. I CANNOT go to bed without brushing, but in the morning; well I'm pretty laisse-faire. ;)

Yep, I'm one of those stinky people, but none of my children have EVER had to have work done at the dentist, so clearly done pretty well so far.

goldopals Mon 17-Feb-14 07:08:22

I normally brush mine twice a day; at morning and before bed. If I am going out I will usually brush my teeth first. I think the last time I did not brush my teeth regularly was when I flew to the US and forgot my teeth brushing equipment so went about 24 hours without brushing



JapaneseMargaret Mon 17-Feb-14 07:16:42

Wake, loo, brush teeth, shower.

And then if I have a cup of coffee, another quick brush before leaving the house.

And always a brush before bed.

There is no excuse for inflicting morning breath on people.

PollyCazaletWannabe Mon 17-Feb-14 07:16:43

I am like you borntorun, I brush once when I get up, once after breakfast and if I am going out in the evening, I brush before I go out. Always before I go to bed as well.

JapaneseMargaret Mon 17-Feb-14 07:18:19

Oh yes, always before an evening out, as part of getting ready.

CerealMom Mon 17-Feb-14 07:23:19

I also clean my tongue.

Fakebook Mon 17-Feb-14 07:42:43

Eew. This is why I hate it when people have "breakfast in bed" without washing their face or brushing their teeth. Its disgusting. It takes two mins to brush...you're never that busy. I also brush my tongue; that's the real source of bad breath.

Cheesy123 Mon 17-Feb-14 08:00:02

Eww that's gross, I hate brushing my teeth it makes me gag but I still do it, I'd feel far worse if I didn't

Joolsy Mon 17-Feb-14 11:20:28

I often do the school run without brushing my teeth as I've usually just finished breakfast, but I do have the luxury of being able to brush them between getting back from school run & going to work. Couldn't possibly go to work without!

lljkk Mon 17-Feb-14 11:22:23

I wouldn't brush my teeth while on the loo. That's way too rank for me.

I don't tend to bother because I don't eat breakfast until I'm at my desk at work a few hours later. I guess I could pre-emtorily brush before leaving house, instead. <<Shrug>> Am happy to admit to being guilty of having terrible organisation skills.

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Wed 19-Feb-14 07:48:31

grin why?
sit on loo
Reach out, get toothbrush and toothpaste
Load toothbrush and put paste back
brush teeth
put toothbrush back
wipe self
close loo lid and flush
wash hands

what's rank about it? There's no crossover or contamination.

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