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Danger of Brushing Immediately After Eating a Meal

Posted on 5/10/2018 by Office Manager
Brushing Spalding Dental AK 99503-2838Many people believe that the best thing to do to keep their teeth clean is to brush as soon as they've finished eating.

While the logic might make sense and you may believe you are removing food particles and bacteria before they have a chance to do any real damage, this actually isn't the case.

In fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you avoid brushing your teeth for a minimum of 30 minutes after eating.

Why You Need to Wait
The tooth enamel is the hardest substance of your body, and it works hard to keep your teeth protected. When you eat, the acids created by food wear away at that enamel, and it can lead to decay and other problems. At mealtime, acid levels elevate, so your teeth will be at their most vulnerable state.

Brushing immediately after your meal will actually be an attack against your teeth. Your enamel has been weakened by high acidity, and even a brush with soft bristles can be highly abrasive.

Instead of brushing right away, give your mouth a chance to increase saliva production. The saliva naturally washes away food particles, and it gives the enamel a chance to balance to a proper pH level. You can help the process by chewing on sugar-free gum or rinsing your mouth out with water. Still, give your mouth at least 30 minutes to work before you brush.

Follow the Same Rules When Drinking Acidic Beverages

The same rules should be applied if you drink coffee, soda, or another acidic beverage. These drinks can erode hard tissue, and when you brush immediately after, you'll only help to speed up the damage.

There are many ways to protect your enamel against damage from food, drink, and other factors. Call us today to set up your next appointment, and we'll be happy to talk about your oral health routine.

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