Should You Brush Right After Eating? | Dentist in Newnan GA

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Enamel is the guardian of your teeth and the hardest material in the body. It’s the first defense against harmful bacteria which may lead to tooth decay. When you eat certain foods, it creates bacteria which attack your tooth enamel. Carbohydrates and sugary foods are examples of these foods. Brushing directly after eating can be harmful to your enamel. 

Why this is a problem 

When eating or drinking, the pH balance in your mouth changes. After each bite of acidic food,  the pH balance moves towards a level which causes demineralization. The new acidity softens  the enamel which can cause bacteria to get into the teeth. Brushing right after you eat may  damage your enamel. This is important because enamel protects your teeth from damage.  

Steps you can take to protect your enamel: 

If you’ve had anything acidic, don’t brush for at least 30 minutes. Fruits with citric acid are one example. If you are planning ingesting acidic foods or drinks, you  can brush beforehand. A glass of water will help remove the acid. Follow this by chewing sugarless gum. These steps  help create saliva which will help bring back the necessary pH balance needed for a healthy  smile. 

Try to avoid soda as prolonged phosphoric acid can cause permanent damage. Brushing your teeth twice a day is an important habit for optimal oral health.  

Have you ever been told you should brush your teeth right after eating? While this may sound  like the right habit to adapt, this practice could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.  Rinsing your mouth with water after eating may be a better option to keep enamel strong. Visit  our office for an exam and we can give you tips for healthy, strong teeth. Call our office today.

Schultz Family Dental of Newnan
Phone: (470) 400-1553
931 Lower Fayetteville Rd, Suite G
Newnan, GA 30263
Schultz Family Dental, Newnan, GA

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