Why Does Food Taste Bad After You Brush Your Teeth?
Have you ever wondered about this? One too many times often? If you were trying to taste the salt in a dish, have you ever felt it was never right? It either feels a little more or less isn’t it? Well, DentoXpert will throw some light on this for you.
If you’re a breakfast person, you must be more than familiar with the phenomenon of your food tasting bad right after you’ve brushed your teeth. The eggs don’t taste like you want them to, the crispiness of bacon no longer matters and your fresh orange juice tastes outright nasty. And if you know anything about oral hygiene, eating before brushing is not the most advisable solution. The most important meal of the day is jeopardized by a practice that keeps your teeth clean and healthy; an underrated conundrum for sure! But before you we get to how to solve this problem, let’s familiarize ourselves with the main culprits.
Your best guess would be that this undesirable feeling is caused by your toothpaste. You are halfway there. It is the ingredients in your toothpaste known as sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) that ruin your meal. These surfactants are found in various toothpastes and serve a rather important purpose; they are responsible for reducing the concentration of the paste and creating the foam that forms in your mouth while you go through the motions.
But these wetting agents mess with your taste buds by supressing the receptors of sweetness on your tongue. Furthermore, they deactivate important fatty molecules called phospholipids that are responsible for moderating the level of bitterness while eating. That’s right, phospholipids are absent when you chug a glass of orange juice – now you understand the overwhelming bitterness.
So to put things into perspective, SLES and SLS cause everything you eat to taste much less sweeter and more bitter than usual. Except water, everything you put into your mouth is susceptible to the wrath of these surfactants.
How long does it last?
Everything must come to an end; the ‘less sweetness more bitterness’ effect of SLES and SLS lasts for about 30 minutes after you brush. After this, your saliva dilutes the surfactants and washes it away, restoring peace and harmony in taste land. But can you really afford 30 minutes every morning before you eat breakfast and head out? Probably not.
Imprisonment of the culprits
The most obvious solution to this problem is to use toothpaste that is free from sodium lauryl ether sulphate and sodium lauryl sulphate. The toothpaste market has plenty of products that are SLES/SLS free, but don’t expect your reflection in the mirror look back at your with a foamy mouth.
Having said that, SLES/SLS free toothpastes still help in combating bacteria and plaque, so your oral hygiene will not be compromised.
A matter of preference
Both types of toothpastes serve the purpose and if you have 30 minutes to spare, your breakfast will taste just as good. So it’s just a matter of preference – whether you have the heart to spare the culprits or if breakfast is your top priority. The ball is in your court!
Last updated on 18 January, 2018.