There is a misconception that people need to immediately run to their toothbrush as soon as a meal is done. This is actually bad for your oral health. If you want to have healthy teeth, the best thing that you can do is wait 30-60 minutes after a meal before you brush your teeth.
This is because that gives your mouth the chance to help clean itself before getting toothpaste involved. Why would you want to do that when you could clean your mouth instead? To promote better oral health!
Why Brushing Should Wait for Better Oral HealthFollowing each meal, your saliva goes directly to work. It helps to clean off the outside of your teeth, plus it adds nutrients and minerals back into your mouth. This helps replace any minerals that were lost by eating. On top of that, your saliva also helps to neutralize the pH of your mouth. This is imperative if you ate or drank anything acidic during your meal.
If you were to rush off and brush right away, you would deprive your body of this benefit. This could leave your teeth exposed to more acid erosion. Brushing right after eating depletes the minerals and vitamins that would otherwise have gone to your teeth as well. This means that your teeth are more apt to get cavities than if you would have waited that extra 30-60 minutes.
For those who have made this common mistake and brushed right after eating, come in and see us. We can help protect your teeth from further damage, and look to see if any treatment needs to happen from past damage.
Do not be afraid to come in and see us. We would much rather teach you how to better protect your teeth than to have you feel bad and not come and see us.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (732) 994-1061 today.