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Should You Brush After a Meal?

It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, but do you know when should you brush your teeth? You might assume that you should brush your teeth right after you eat a meal, but that isn’t always the best idea.

Since the food you just ate or whatever you just drank might be acidic, it’s better to wait around an hour before brushing your teeth after eating. Acidic food or drinks can weaken your tooth enamel, and brushing your teeth right after eating them can weaken it even more. It’s better to drink water to remove debris and bacteria, and later brush your teeth.

Some common acidic foods or drinks to look out for in order to protect your tooth enamel are:

  • Energy drinks
  • Sodas
  • Orange juice
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Fruit Jelly
  • Applesauce

You also might want to know if it’s ok to brush right before eating. If you are cavity prone, it’s best to wait a little while after brushing your teeth before eating again to help the fluoride from your toothpaste remain on your teeth longer and provide protection from cavities.

If you have any oral health questions, we are here to help. Contact the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today, and set-up your appointment.