Don’t Rush to Brush | Prewitt Dental Group

Are you meticulous about brushing your teeth after every snack or meal? While regular brushing is vital, rushing through your oral hygiene routine might not be as beneficial as you think. Understanding how different foods and drinks affect your teeth is key to maintaining a healthy smile.

Beware of Acidic Foods
Foods and beverages containing acids can be particularly damaging to your teeth. Acid can erode tooth enamel, increasing your risk of decay.

Which Foods Are Problematic?
Fruits like oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit are high in acids that can harm your enamel. Diet sodas, wines, and fruit juices like orange juice are equally harmful. Even tomato-based products and foods such as pizza, salsa, soups, and sauces contain acids.

Does Brushing Immediately Help?
Not necessarily. Acids weaken tooth enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable. Brushing immediately after consuming acidic products can drive the acid deeper into your teeth, accelerating enamel breakdown.

When Should I Brush?
Wait about 20 minutes after eating acidic foods or drinks before brushing. During this time, saliva production increases, helping to neutralize acids and wash away bacteria. Drinking water, rinsing your mouth, or chewing sugarless gum can aid in neutralizing acids more quickly.

Should I Delay Brushing Every Time?
While waiting is crucial after consuming acidic foods, don’t delay after eating sticky and sugary foods. If you’ve had candy, taffy, or other sticky treats, it’s best to clean them off your teeth as soon as possible.

Should I Avoid Acidic Foods Altogether?
While acidic foods provide essential vitamins and nutrients, it’s important to be mindful of their impact on your teeth. Maintain a daily oral hygiene routine that includes regular flossing and at least two thorough brushings for two minutes each.

For more dental health advice or to schedule your next visit to Prewitt Dental Group, your trusted Sanger CA dentist, please contact us. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for life.

Prewitt Dental Group of Sanger
Phone: 559-875-3927
1615 7th St
Sanger, CA 93657