Why You Should Not Brush Your Teeth Too Soon After a Meal

Brushing your teeth after meals can be one of the best things that you can do for your smile, along with daily flossing and regular visits with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara. However, brushing too soon after eating can do more harm than good.

After you eat, the bacteria that live in your mouth begin to produce acids. If you ate or drank anything acidic, such as fruit, soft drinks or wine, your mouth may contain even more acids. These acids soften the enamel on your teeth. Your saliva immediately goes into action to remineralize your teeth. However, when you reach for the toothbrush too soon, the bristles of the brush can push the acid even further into the teeth before your saliva has the chance to do its job. Scratches could even become permanently etched onto the surface of your teeth, and the damage can be significant.

One study revealed that brushing just 20 minutes after a meal could noticeably damage teeth. The best period, according to the researchers, was from 30 minutes to one hour. This allows teeth to recover and acid levels to drop. You can further protect your teeth by limiting your intake of foods that are high in acids and high in sugar, using fluoride toothpaste and chewing sugar-free gums, which interfere with the bacterial cycle and stimulate saliva flow. Contact Dr. Frame, our expert in teeth cleaning in Santa Clara, today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

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