Knowing the Proper Time to Brush Your Teeth

For everyone, brushing one’s teeth after eating is an ideal routine, as the dentists recommend cleaning the teeth for improved oral health. It helps remove food debris and plaque, the sticky biofilm that gathers on the surfaces and in between teeth, and contain bacteria.

Sometimes, though, brushing before eating can benefit you more than cleaning it after. Think about the food you eat before any brushing. When you eat sugary food, the bacteria in your mouth produce acids that lower the pH level in your mouth and leave your tooth enamel weakened, thereby at greater risk of harm. Similarly, ingesting something acidic like orange juice can wear down the tooth enamel’s protection, which makes it more vulnerable to abrasive brushing.

You can brush your teeth before eating, or you can wait for about 30 minutes to bring back the pH level to normal. You can also rinse your mouth with an alkaline oral solution or chew sugar-free gum with xylitol.

The health of your teeth all depends on the kinds of food you eat. When you know what you’re going to eat next, you can plan your brushing time ahead so you can better take care of your teeth. Don’t forget to floss, too, to get rid of food debris stuck in between the teeth.

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