Do you brush your teeth before drinking?

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Would you brush your teeth right before going to a brewery/bar?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I'm sorry, but this thread seems absurd to my personal experience.
    • I brush my teeth once a day and never have dental issues. Visit the dentist every 6 months and everything is always fine. And I'm 60 years old, its not like I haven't experienced this only for a few years.
    • In the odd circumstance that my schedule is thrown off or I need and "emergency" brush if I do brush before eating or drinking ANYTHING its real weird. Taste is off the wall.
    Do you comb your hair before drinking?
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  2. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,605) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    After reading a good bit of this thread and slogging through some "meta data", and having a brother as an oral surgeon and a brother in law as a dentist, I regularly floss, brush with an electric tooth brush, and drink plenty of water. I still have surviving dentition. No gum disease, no cardio-vascular issues, no diabetes. This is a peculiar thread for sure. Trouble is, nobody really likes dental jokes. It is a bleak territory in my search for humor everywhere....except for the standard English jokes, which are tired......
  3. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Grand Pooh-Bah (3,508) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

    I wouldn't if I was planning to have a beer I never had before and write a review on the BA.
    But I don't want other outside influences either like tobacco (I don't smoke anymore) and I don't want to smell someone else or their smoky body odor, or food cooking or someone's food sitting too close. Perfume and cologne can be overpowering. All those aromas can influence my beer tasting. Not so critical if it's a Lone Star or PBR, but a great craft beer I pay big bucks for, I want no outside taste modifiers. Toothpaste and a great beer? YUCK! Cheap beer? Maybe.
    I wouldn't if I was planning to have one my expensive beers in the cooler.
    A fine liquor would fall into that category too. I don't drink wine but a nice Port wine makes a nice after dinner drink on the rare occasion. Respect your neighbor and BEER!
  4. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Pooh-Bah (2,721) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    Never! I learned as a child that the toothpaste made that morning OJ taste gross. Brushing before drinking would kill those citrusy IPA flavors.
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  5. timobkg

    timobkg Zealot (627) Aug 24, 2006 New Jersey

    Your poll and your question are asking two different things.

    Would I brush my teeth before going to a brewery or a bar? No, that's silly. The beer doesn't care if I have minty fresh breath, and neither does the bartender.

    Would I brush my teeth in the morning, even if I was going to have a beer soon after? Yes, I brush my teeth and rinse every morning as part of my general oral hygiene routine. I'm not going to skip brushing my teeth in the morning when I could just eat something and drink some water to remove the remnants of mouthwash.
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  6. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,605) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    The best way to clean your palate after tooth brushing, minty or not, is a well considered neutral beverage, like a delicious Miller High Life. It corrects the mind and includes purpose. The tooth paste is gone from the taste buds and a nice hoppy brew is just ahead! Problem solved.
  7. Nrose1985

    Nrose1985 Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2016 California

    I would definitely place hygiene above all else in this case with few exceptions. If it’s the beginning of the day —no question, you brush those bad boys and tongue brush too. Going to a brewery right now? Sorry bro, bad planning on your part. Enjoy the Hef de Menthe. This aside, say afternoon or evening, not as important. The ham sandwich from lunch isn’t nearly as offensive as the overnight stank. Better to protect the palette.
  8. Ranbot

    Ranbot Pooh-Bah (2,327) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Yes, It's definitely a cavity in society's comedy.
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  9. Corkykab

    Corkykab Crusader (480) Dec 16, 2017 New Jersey

    Lol! You and I are much alike, Freighter...
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  10. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Well, I have an upstairs broom because why would I want to carry a broom upstairs and so why not a downstairs tooths brush! This is a great idea. :laughing:
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  11. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Pooh-Bah (2,400) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    We have an "on suite" and then another bathroom. When I have to get up before my wife, I use the other bathroom so as not to wake her with morning bathroom routines. As a result, I have a second toothbrush and toothpaste. Works well. Probably will be like this for decades unless I suddenly end up with a job where I never wake up before her, or I am too tired to ever wake up before her when we have kids. All seem unlikely, so, it'll probably always be this way.
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  12. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Most threads that I participate in exceed expectations. :slight_smile:
  13. Kemosabe

    Kemosabe Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2009 Rhode Island

    Thank you for making this thread. I have this dilemma quite often. i like to always have fresh breath, but my desire for my beer to taste proper is stronger. i brush 3x per day and i like drinking at any given point so a lot of times i have to decide if there is enough time for the mintiness to go away before i start drinking.

    for me the mintiness lasts at least an hour. nothing tastes right in that window, and the longer i go, the better (more accurate) it tastes. this is not just for beer. im big into vapes and they dont taste right either after brushing. it seems that the more time that has passed since brushing, the better the consumable tastes.

    i even went so far as to ask a cicerone what he does. he said he never brushes before drinking and kinda looked at me like i was crazy for asking such a silly question.
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  14. MNAle

    MNAle Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Correlation may not always indicate causation, but in this case... :wink:
  15. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Pooh-Bah (2,400) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    I'm not sure if exceeding expectations is the right way to phrase this. More like...

    Well, have you ever brushed your teethe, then consumed something, and said "hey, that tastes off." You don't always know what it will be like, but you know it's not necessarily what you expected.

  16. Amendm

    Amendm Pooh-Bah (2,093) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    Just to torture myself I will brush my teeth (with commercial toothpaste) and then drink orange juice. But seriously ever wonder why sometimes folks rate a quality beer as a "drain pour"?
    It's because they brushed there teeth right before drinking it.
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  17. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Grand Pooh-Bah (5,669) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I also don't brush my teeth before eating.
  18. ckornmannn

    ckornmannn Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2014 Washington

    my dad brushes with baking soda. I have picked up the habit too. It doesn't destroy your taste buds.
  19. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2016 Indiana

    I brush my teeth a bare minimum of twice per day, usually three times, sometimes four. I never consider for a second what I am about to do. If my teeth/mouth feel dirty, I clean it. The toothpaste flavor goes away very quickly, especially upon eating or drinking something, including water.

    Then again, I use "natural" toothpastes from the health food type stores. No SLS or artificial sweeteners or flavors. Maybe that's why it never bothers me, because when I use "regular" toothpaste, I feel like it coats my mouth for ages.
  20. lic217

    lic217 Pooh-Bah (1,994) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    The real question is wether or not to wash your hands after going to the bathroom if you are about to have a beer?
  21. DogbiteWilliams

    DogbiteWilliams Aspirant (289) Mar 28, 2015 California

    I eat out most lunches and dinners, so I brush as soon as I get home. Ideally, I can wait at least two hours to have my beer. Sometimes, I just don't have that much time to spare and that is hardly the ideal situation; the taste of the toothpaste (Arm & Hammer Baking Soda & Peroxide) is just too intrusive, even after multiple rinses.
  22. AWA

    AWA Savant (1,171) Jul 22, 2014 California

    If this is really a thing, I'm clearly on the wrong site
  23. MilkLeg

    MilkLeg Zealot (579) Feb 8, 2016 Canada (AB)

    Toothpaste is supposed to coat your mouth, it's antibacterial and keeps working while you're asleep if you don't rinse it all away. Having said that I drank a stout once right after brushing my teeth and it wasn't too great. Anything real citrusy would be terrible.
  24. CASK1

    CASK1 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2010 Florida

    I think I'd throw "wash hands" somewhere in the middle.
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  25. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Pooh-Bah (2,400) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    I've always seen it as "SSS" - Shit, Shave, and Shower. Brushing teethe was always implied :wink:.
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  26. BigGold

    BigGold Pooh-Bah (2,048) Dec 18, 2013 Mississippi

    Always brush. But use one of your favorite beers for mouthwash. You don't want to get a funky take on any new beer.
  27. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    Sure wish Ba Mods could cut down the silly threads. It is becoming worse by the day...
  28. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,509) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    This is from nearly two months ago :wink:
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  29. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    I am still waiting for the next one focused on "should I chew mint gum" before leaving for a brewery LOL.
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  30. Sabtos

    Sabtos Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,984) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    No. Hell no.

    First of all, I stopped brushing my teeth in the morning like 15 years ago. Constantly scraping your teeth isn't a good thing, especially before or after you eat as your enamel softens, and especially when you brushed them before you went to bed. You did brush your teeth before you went to bed, right? I mean, if so, waking up and brushing again is like brushing your teeth twice. It's pointless.

    And it doesn't make your breath smell better either. That comes straight out of your throat, usually from pieces of food stuck in areas a brush never touches. Or else bacterial issues that need taken care of (preferably with probiotics, and not anti).

    Second, toothpaste absolutely ruins the flavor of any kind of food or drink product for like 15-30 minutes thereafter. I guess if you really are anal retentive and feel the need to brush your teeth that frequently, don't use paste.
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  31. pbrian

    pbrian Pooh-Bah (1,994) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    I didn't read any other posts in this thread, but agree with all points here. My wife and kids think I'm gross for not brushing my teeth in the am. Umm, I brushed them right before bed then woke up, and no gremlins came in and planted sugar bombs everywhere.
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  32. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Stupid threads? Welcomed with open arms. Appropriate memes? Go fuck yourself.
  33. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    By what process does that happen?

    Unless you sleep with your mouth open, which would dry out your mucosa, your breath is probably going to need a little freshening in the morning. I mean, you could simply eat something and/or drink some fluids and accomplish the same end, but brushing is one option.
  34. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I go to the dentist every afternoon for a full cleaning before I start to drink!
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  35. Sabtos

    Sabtos Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,984) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    From Delta Dental: Acid softens your enamel, so brushing immediately after eating or drinking high-acid foods or drinks can actually cause damage.

    So, not all foods, but if you're drinking coffee, oj, eating jelly on your toast, other fruits, etc...or more simply put, eating many of the things people tend to eat before brushing their teeth in the morning.

    I opt for the gnawing-on-pork-chop breath freshener method.
  36. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    This bit's more than a little exaggerated. If acid softens it, what makes it hard again? Besides that, enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it's going to take prolonged exposure to strong acid, without the buffering and dilution that saliva accomplishes, to erode your teeth, with or without brushing.

    That said, brush or don't brush. All it does is clean your teeth. It doesn't make them healthier.
  37. pbrian

    pbrian Pooh-Bah (1,994) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    A piece of rye toast with cream cheese topped with Trader Joe’s “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning accompanied by a cup of coffee killed my morning breath quite nicely, thank you, and would have nullified any good brushing would have done.
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  38. chilltown38

    chilltown38 Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2017 Kentucky

  39. LarryV

    LarryV Grand Pooh-Bah (4,542) Jun 13, 2001 Massachusetts
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    I'm not going to brush and have a beer immediately afterwards, but after 15 minutes I think the post brush after effects are greatly diminished and my teeth are clean.
  40. LuskusDelph

    LuskusDelph Initiate (0) May 1, 2008 New Jersey

    Exactly. If I know I'm going to have beer (or other refreshments) and feel I need to brush, I certainly don't brush with toothpaste.
    Most toothpastes are made with saccharine, which leaves a terrible taste in the mouth. My dentist says that the best thing to brush with in general is simple baking soda...its just as effective as toothpaste, and it doesn't leave any aftertaste.
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