Why Does OJ Taste So Bad After Brushing?

September 28, 2021

Man Disgusted by OJIt may not be Covid-19 causing you to spit out the bitter taste of your early morning refreshment. But, if you just brushed your teeth and then took a big swig of orange juice, you may be wondering why it turned from sweet delicacy to semi-flavored sparkling water. No, it isn’t the virus; it is an ingredient in your toothpaste that ruins your breakfast.

Bubbles or Taste Buds?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, or SLS, is a common ingredient in soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent, and toothpaste. It is the culprit for the suds in your soap and the bubbles in your mouth after brushing. Many of us associate bubbles with the quality of the toothpaste; unfortunately, we were wrong. This ingredient does not make your toothpaste more effective, but it does cause your tastebuds to revolt. 

SLS temporarily paralyzes the receptors on your tongue. These receptors are responsible for picking up the sweetness in foods and beverages. When SLS dulls your taste buds, it will make you feel like the maker of the orange juice forgot the sugar entirely. 

Don’t worry. You aren’t doomed with bitter orange juice forever. There are a couple of solutions that will turn your breakfast back into the luxury it is.

  • Get Rid of the SLS.
    • Many toothpaste brands have now started to eliminate SLS from their ingredient list altogether. This elimination has made it easier for consumers to enjoy their sweet morning drink once again. For a list of these toothpaste brands, check out this list.
  • Be Patient.
    • While most of us feel like we are in a rush every morning, solving the problem of bitter orange juice is as easy as waiting 20 minutes between your dental routine and your morning glass of OJ.
  • Don’t Brush After.
    • Many people think the logical option is to brush after your orange juice, but there is a problem. Orange juice is highly acidic. This acidity temporarily softens the enamel on your teeth. When you brush immediately after drinking a glass of OJ, you may be damaging your enamel or taking it off completely. Loss of enamel will lead to tooth decay, cavities, and severe tooth sensitivity. 

Caring for Your Teeth 

Any of our dental providers would be happy to give you more suggestions when it comes to enjoying your foods and drinks after brushing. If you require an appointment, please schedule one here. We would be happy to care for your teeth at Kip Dental