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How Long after Eating is It Safe to Brush?

Posted on 9/10/2018 by Office Manager
How Long after Eating is It Safe to Brush?You follow the same routine every morning – get up, get dressed, have breakfast, and brush your teeth. You may think that you are doing the right thing for your teeth by brushing at the same time, but your order of operations could actually be damaging them. In fact, dentists recommend that you wait before you brush after a meal.

Wait 30-60 Minutes before You Brush

The enamel is the hardest substance within your body. It works hard to protect the teeth, but acid can hinder its strength. When you eat, the pH level of your mouth increases and becomes more acidic, and as a result, the enamel becomes weaker. The good news is that the body has a defense mechanism to fix this issue – saliva. The saliva will help to return the oral environment to a proper pH level while also washing away food particles and bacteria.

The problem arises when you brush during this weakened state. The enamel is already vulnerable, but brushing can cause further damage. Your teeth are under attack at the hands of your toothbrush, which can cause enamel erosion.

Instead of brushing right after a meal, wait at least 30-60 minutes. This will give the saliva time to restore the natural pH level of your mouth and to restore the enamel to its typical hardness. Then, it will be safe to brush.

Remember that You Still Need to Brush

The saliva is powerful and serves an important role in keeping our teeth clean, but it doesn't substitute for dental hygiene. You still need to brush and floss regularly. Adding a fluoride mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine can also help to keep your enamel healthy.

Brushing is certainly important for a healthy smile, but you need to consider your timing to avoid brushing right after a meal. For additional tips on how to better care for your teeth, contact our office to set up your next appointment.
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