It is well-known that a consistent tooth-brushing routine is essential for your oral health. Brushing removes plaque and reduces the amount of the bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay. But what is the ideal number of times and when should you brush each day? Typically dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice per day: first thing in the morning and before you go to bed each night. However, an additional tooth brushing session can promote a healthier mouth.
Brushing your teeth after every meal is beneficial to your oral health but it depends on timing. Shortly after eating, your teeth are in a weakened state. The bacteria in plaque break down the food you consume and raise the acidity level in your mouth. During this time, tooth enamel is vulnerable to abrasive tooth brushing and if you brush directly after a meal, you may be doing more harm than good to your teeth.
Instead, you should allow your saliva to naturally clean and restore your mouth to a healthy pH level before brushing. While tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it can only perform its protective work in a low acidic environment. Therefore, you should wait at least an hour after you have finished eating to brush your teeth.
Citrus fruits, tomatoes, coffee, beer, soft drinks, or foods with high-sugar or carbohydrate content are especially damaging to your tooth enamel. After consuming these foods, you should rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum to increase saliva production to help clean out your mouth. Once your mouth has been restored to a healthy acid level, it is safe and beneficial to brush your teeth.
For more information regarding your dental hygiene routine or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Embrace Dental today.