Our dental office keeps track of the latest research concerning oral hygiene, and there are recent studies that suggest it is better to wait for up to one hour after you eat to brush your teeth rather than brushing your teeth immediately, especially when your wear braces. You might wonder why you should wait, and here is what the researchers believe can happen to your teeth when you brush your teeth too soon.
Use these tips to protect your teeth from damage while brushing.
Waiting to Brush Tip 1: Why Should You Wait to Brush?
The natural saliva in your mouth can protect your teeth right after you eat, but if you brush your teeth right away, it could remove the protective substances that are in the saliva. In addition, if you brush your teeth immediately after consuming highly acidic foods or beverages, the bristles on your toothbrush are more likely to damage your teeth.
When you drink coffee or eat citrus fruits, the acids in these items will weaken the enamel on your teeth, making it easier to damage the teeth while brushing.
Waiting to Brush Tip 2: Preventative Steps You Should Take
It is possible to protect your teeth from the acids in foods and beverages. Drinking acidic beverages with a straw will keep the acids away from most of your teeth. Our orthodontist also suggests that you rinse your mouth with water while eating an orange.
In addition, you should avoid combining sugary foods with acidic foods. We also recommend consuming more dairy products to strengthen the enamel on your teeth.