There are certain oral health rules we’ve all learned as children: Brush well in the morning and before bed, rinse, floss and visit the dentist. But doing that is not enough. Depending how frequently you’re eating throughout the day and the kind of foods you’re eating, you might need to add additional brushings to this routine to avoid oral health issues.
Here are other points to consider when it comes to brushing your teeth between meals.
How Brushing Your Teeth Helps
Brushing your teeth regularly with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay, reduces plaque build-up and can even prevent gingivitis. Not to mention it freshens breath and is key to general personal hygiene. If you’ve ever eaten a food with lots of garlic and flavor, then you know how terrible having lingering tastes in your mouth feels. Brushing your teeth is a great way to alleviate this.
Why Food Remnants Are Dangerous
As side from hygienic practices, brushing your teeth after meals can help stop decay from bacteria foods leave behind. One of the largest culprits, sugars and carbs, can attack the enamel on your teeth in just twenty minutes. So brushing your teeth after eating them makes sense. However there are even greater dangers to your teeth if you apply this tactic after eating acidic foods.
Studies have shown that brushing your teeth after you eat an orange for example or anything that contains citric acid, can erode the enamel on your teeth. Up to 30 min after eating the food your teeth are at risk or being damaged if you brush them.
Finding a Better Routine
To avoid all of these issues you should opt for healthy, clean foods that are low in sugar, carbs and acid when possible and always floss to remove foods that may become trapped between the teeth.
You should also plan your brushing schedule around the foods you know you’ll be eating. Plan to brush your teeth either prior to eating acidic foods or use only water to rinse your mouth as a way to still remove dangerous food particles away from in-between the teeth and within in 20 minutes of eating bacteria causing foods.
Getting a dental cleaning is a preventive measure on your part to avoid dental problems that result from deposits on your teeth that cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing.
If you’re in the Wallingford area and in need of a dentist, David L. Fried D.M.D. has been delivering comprehensive care to the CT area for over 30 years. Contact Fried Dentistry to schedule an appointment to finally get the dental care you need.