Brushing Teeth Right After Eating May Be Okay
- Posted on: May 15 2015
For years dentists suggested waiting between 30 to 60 minutes after a meal to brush. A recent study shows that you may no have to wait that long and that brushing right after eating may be acceptable and safe. The Society of Pediatric Dentistry found that tooth enamel is strong enough to withstand brushing after meals.
Many dentists warned that brushing after a meal could spread the acids left behind throughout the teeth and mouth. Acid can break down tooth enamel and cause cavities and other problems. The new study shows that while brushing may cause these acids to spread, the saliva in the mouth can help protect the enamel from these acids.
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