It may seem contrary to everything you’ve ever heard about dental hygiene, but brushing your teeth right after every meal isn’t always a good idea. If you’ve made a habit of brushing after every meal to clean out stray food particles and freshen breath, read on to find out why you might want to alter your routine slightly.
Your teeth become most vulnerable to damage directly after eating and drinking. Acid in the food and drinks you consume softens the coating of enamel on the outside of your teeth. When you brush too soon after eating or drinking your brushing can wear down and harm this enamel. Brushing 2-3 times a day is still an important action, but doing so directly after meals may not be the best option. Instead, wait at least an hour after eating and then take the time to brush and floss.
Brushing at night is the most important. When your mouth dries out at night, your teeth become most susceptible to bacterial damage, which can harm even the most beautiful smile. Then, upon waking up it is important to brush away any plaque that may have collected overnight. With these two brushing cycles being high up in importance, brushing again an hour or so after lunch is the only necessary additional cleaning, as brushing more than 3 times a day can damage gums.
To learn more about important oral hygiene habits, call Dr. Mal Braverman at 212-688-3838.