For ages parents have harped to their children to brush their teeth. First thing in the morning then repeat the process at bedtime. Dentists suggest you brush after every meal and again at bedtime. Erosion of tooth enamel isn’t caused by brushing too much. It is caused by brushing too soon after eating certain types of foods. What matters is how you eat and not what you eat.
Everyone that consumes acidic foods and drinks needs to wait at least 20 minutes before taking tooth brush and paste to their pearly whites.
The acid in foods and drinks attach to the dental enamel. Brushing too soon will cause that thin layer protecting tour teeth to become weakened. Waiting 20 minutes gives the acidic properties time to break down so when you do brush 20-30 minutes later there won’t be irrecoverable damage to the enamel of the teeth.
When snacks are consumed they should be eaten quickly. Having a little now and more ten minutes later is the worst thing for your teeth. Any snack that may contain acidic properties should be consumed quickly then wait about 5 minutes before brushing your teeth. Doing so will protect the dental enamel or dentin from eroding. It also minimizes the time the acids from those snacks remain on the teeth.
A few foods that cause erosion of dental enamel include:
- Fresh fruits
- Fruit juices
- Lemons (worse when people suck on them)
- Limes (worse when people suck on them)
- Soda (worse when you hold the soda in your mouth long before swallowing)
Click here for a detailed chart of acidifying foods.
Maintain the structure of your teeth, tooth enamel, and protect your teeth from decay, permanent damage and erosion when you brush at the right time.
Enjoy that healthy smile!
© 2012 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved
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