We’ve continued to dive into the different myths that our clients come in telling us, and determining what it is that makes these myths so credible in the first place, while still providing you with a method of caring for your teeth. This week we focus on something similar to the last couple of topics, an issue that deals with brushing and bad breath: brushing right after you eat.
Eating can contribute to bad breath, so it only makes sense that so many people do feel that they need to brush their teeth directly after finishing a meal. In reality, this is actually extremely damaging to teeth.
Myth: You should brush your teeth right after you eat.
Truth: Wait at least 30 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth.
While it’s hard not to brush immediately after a meal, it truthfully is not good for your teeth if you wind up brushing right after you eat. There are a few different reasons that, that is the case.
Why wouldn’t you brush immediately after?
The foods that we eat build up plaque, break down enamel and change the acidity level of our mouth. When we brush, we are working on our mouth at a time where it is at it’s weakest. This just means that on top of your enamel already being weak from whatever it was that you just finished eating, you are breaking it down even more by brushing and trying to remove the buildup that has yet to fully form on your teeth.
How long should you wait?
We suggest waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. During this time your teeth are extremely weak and become more sensitive to the brushing and products that you’re using on them. If you wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth, you are attacking the sugars and plaque as they stick and build up, and can then do a better job of leaving your pearly whites nice and clean.
There are plenty more myths that we plan on breaking before the series is over. If you’ve enjoyed following us this far, then you can guarantee that you will enjoy the myths that we wind up debunking in the weeks to come. If there is a specific topic that you’ve been questioning or that you have believed to be a myth, leave it in the comments and we’ll feature that myth in one of our following posts. Check back soon to see what other dental myths we’re debunking.