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You Should Not Brush Right After Eating

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Henricksen Family Dental
You Should Not Brush Right After EatingBrushing after a meal may sound like common sense at first, but brushing too soon after a meal or a snack can do more harm than good. Some of our colleagues recommend waiting 15 minutes after eating to brush, with other colleagues giving a more conservative guideline of one hour after eating. Brushing too soon after eating will actually weaken the teeth via acidic damage, a type of damage that cannot be reversed.

Brushing Too Soon Harms the Enamel

After a meal, the pH levels in our mouths are acidic. The acid from the food and drinks attacks the teeth's enamel, leaving the enamel more vulnerable. Our bodies generate saliva to counteract the acidity and return the pH levels of our mouths to a healthy level. However, brushing when the mouth has an acidic pH level increases the damage that the acidity inflicts on the teeth's enamel, even when a patient uses a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Some studies indicate that brushing after a meal pushes acid into the teeth instead of away from them.

Handling Oral Care and Meals

Brushing before eating acidic foods and drinks helps prepare the teeth's enamel for the meal. Rinsing with water after a meal will promote saliva generation, remove loose food particles, and help normalize the pH levels of the mouth. Rinsing with water can also help the enamel if the water is fluoridated. Using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash will help fortify the teeth's enamel. Counterbalancing acidic foods and drinks with healthier alternatives or removing acidic foods from the patient's diet will promote healthier teeth as well. Our professionals suggest avoiding food and drink with phosphorous acid, such as carbonated soft drinks.

If you have questions or concerns about your oral health care regimen, please contact our office to schedule a consult today.

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