You read that right! A dental blog telling you to stop brushing your teeth. But let’s set this straight from the beginning: You absolutely need to be brushing your teeth. Every day. For at least twice a day for two minutes. However, if you are brushing your teeth within 30 minutes of eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, you should stop.
Don’t Brush Your Teeth Right After Eating. Here’s Why:
When you eat food, you need acids in the mouth to help break down and dissolve your food. This is a biological process that aids chewing, you probably learned all about it in 6th grade biology. These acids in your saliva that activate to break down food and the acids in the actual foods (if you are eating anything acidic like citrus fruits or soda) weaken the enamel. Although you should be brushing before the bacteria in your mouth take advantage of the chance to attack the weakened enamel, you need to give your teeth at least 30 minutes after eating before you start brushing.
If you brush within 30 minutes of eating, you can cause a lot of damage to the weakened enamel. Iti may seem counterintuitive, but if you notice the next time you eat something acidic, your teeth feel chalky. This is when you should be absolutely sure not to brush yet. Give your mouth some time to naturally rinse itself through (allowing the saliva to wash away the strong acids) and then brush.
The thing about enamel (the protective shell on the outside of your teeth) is that without it, the softer core of your teeth (the dentin) is extremely vulnerable. That’s why it’s so important to fill cavities because once the tooth decay has burst through the enamel, it can virtually implode the inside of your teeth and a rate exponentially faster than the rate at which it ate through your enamel.
Moral of the story? Protect the enamel of your teeth by BRUSHING. Every day, twice a day, for at least two minutes. Just don’t do it too soon after eating.
Dr. Scherschligt is a dentist in Highland Park, Utah. Working with patients to make their smiles the healthiest they have ever been makes him happier than anything else. If you have a toothache in Utah, need a root canal in Utah, or just need a dental appointment in Utah, do not hesitate to call Dr. Scherschligt’s office at 801.484.1032 or any of our dental offices throughout Utah. If you are looking for a dentist in Salt Lake City, look no further. Dr. Scherschligt wants to become the best dentist in Utah, but until then he will settle for best dentist in Salt Lake City.