Have you ever reached for a fresh glass of OJ after brushing your teeth? Doesn’t taste the same, right? We’ve all been there!
It may seem odd that your toothpaste can compromise the flavor of your AM juice, but this phenomenon is common. Read on to find out why and what you can do to restore your taste buds!
The Ingredient to Blame
Sodium laureth Sulfate, SLS for short, is a chemical found in pastes, shampoos, and detergents. SLS helps create a foamy appearance and allows you to easily cover your mouth with minty freshness, although SLS reduces the strength of the receptors in your taste buds!
When SLS’s are involved, the fatty molecules, or phospholipids, on your tongue are broken down, dulling sweet flavors and enhancing bitter ones!
Keeping the SLES at Bay
Although we all may like a foamy toothpaste, a bitter OJ isn’t a great way to start the day. The best way to remedy this issue is to choose a SLS-free paste instead.
Not inclined to switch toothpastes? Drinking water or chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva production in your mouth, which can wash away SLS residue. Practicing these methods before your daily OJ is another great solution!
Why Not Brush Your Teeth After Breakfast?
You may be wondering, “can’t I just brush after my OJ?” Although this may seem like a simple solution, this switch can harm your smile.
Our enamel is sensitive; foods and beverages often create an acidic environment in our mouths. Pairing an abrasive brush within an acidic atmosphere can lead to cosmetic issues that are costly!
Instead, we recommend waiting at least 30 minutes after you have consumed food before brushing. If you must cleanse, drink a glass of water or chew a piece of sugar-free gum to kickstart your saliva production!
Have Clean Teeth and Enjoy Your AM Juice
If you follow our tips, you can enjoy the rich flavors of your OJ without causing permanent damage to your smile!
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