Brushing your teeth should be something every person is doing at least 2x per day, or preferably after each meal.  It's good dental hygiene.

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We are taught to brush all of our teeth, top and bottom front and back.  We are also encouraged to floss between all our teeth daily.

Brushing and flossing are imperative to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

I asked one time if you brushed with cold or hot water, and that response was 50/50 between cold and warm water, add the hot water and the warm/hot came out on top.  I was actually shocked at how many people brushed with hot water.  That's just weird to me but to each their own.  That leads me to my question today.

What is the point of gagging yourself while brushing your teeth?

I was in the bathroom getting dressed one morning and through the walls (our bathrooms share a wall) I could hear my sweetheart brushing his teeth in his bathroom, and he was gagging.   He's not the only one, I have an aunt who will brush her teeth and gag herself every single time.

I understand getting a good brush on your teeth and even your tongue.  But is it necessary to brush so vibrantly that you gag yourself?

Does gagging yourself get your teeth cleaner?

I'm truly curious.   I get that every person's gag reflex is different, but does brushing your teeth bring it on every time? According to Sunny Dale Dental Care, "Your gag reflex may be a response to the jerky motions while you’re brushing your teeth."

Why do people gag while brushing their teeth?

According to Barbag Dental, "When the sensory nerve ending is touched by the toothbrush, a nerve impulse goes to your sensory neuron which carries the muscle to contract, thus, the gag reflex."

How does one stop gagging while brushing their teeth?

Share Care suggests, relaxing while you brush your teeth.  Think about something happy and calming, and by doing that you are keeping your mind off brushing your teeth and that can stop you from gagging.

While researching this gagging debacle I found the most quirk answer to stop gagging while brushing your teeth.

by u/RandomBitFry from discussion Does anyone else gag each and every time they brush their teeth or is this my version of winning the lottery?
in NoStupidQuestions

I don't know why this bugs me so much, it could just be the sound of someone gagging that sends chills all over my body.  The gagging sound usually accompanies someone throwing up, and throwing up sets off a chain reaction for some in the vicinity.  I may be the only one, but when your gag reflex is set off, it's somewhat painful.  Plus, who wants to dry heave after breakfast or before you go to bed?

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