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Did You Brush Your Teeth?

I grew up with the idea that it is better to brush your teeth after eating meals, so I always brushed my teeth after breakfast.  Before coming out to India I happened to read a book of travel memoirs about India - the name of the book and the author escape me right now - that Indians think it is disgusting to drink tea or eat anything without brushing your teeth in the morning.

My husband is one of those people who thinks exactly like that.  So after thirty years of brushing my teeth after breakfast I had to change the habit to before.

The children all do the same.

Now I'm beginning to find it repulsive if they try to eat their breakfast before brushing their teeth.

What has happened to me?


  1. You've become more Indian than Irish...that's what!

    How odd to brush before eating or drinking. I would hate to eat anything with the taste of toothpaste still in my mouth.

  2. I'd have thought the same before, Ayak. But that was then.

  3. That header reminds me of the old advert 'Did you Maclean your teeth today?

  4. You have become a desi bahu, maa, patni etc.

  5. Oh Gaelikaa, what a surprising post! :P You might find it surprising or maybe not, but I brush my teeth before breakfast too. Here in the East eating without brushed teeth in the morning is taken to be disgusting true! :P
    My little brother sometimes had breakfast without brushed teeth, out of laziness, and we used to make fun of him!Haha!
    Well, very interesting! And I love how the taste of stuff changes with the taste of toothpaste! Very interesting to see how surprising it is for the Western folks! :)

  6. I only brush my teeth before breakfast when I'm on holiday in a hotel. I get ready to go out so I find it bothering to go back to my room and brush them. Anyway I don't find either of the two unusual. I think brushing it before can't help you getting rid of the bad taste you have in your mouth when you wake up, but I'm quite positive that it's healthier for the teeth to brush them afterwards because then residual food is not between teeth anymore... Anyway... I sometimes avoid brushing teeth afterwards because the taste is so good I want it to stay longer... for example I couldn't brush my teeth after a good espresso!


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