Why Does OJ Taste Bad After You Brush Your Teeth? | Live Science

There’s nothing like a fresh, tangy glass of orange juice to go with your morning oatmeal. But if you’ve just brushed your teeth, you may find that the beverage tastes … less than delicious.

So, why does toothpaste affect the taste of orange juice and other sweet breakfast (or midnight) snacks? It all boils down to what’s happening with the taste receptors on our taste buds, Guy Crosby, a nutrition professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told Live Science.

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