A regimented oral health routine is key for good oral and overall health! The recommendations are standard – brush twice a day and floss daily. But when should you brush exactly? Before or after eating? Is one better than the other? Our team at Simply Wellness Dental is here to give you some insight on the timing and what affects this decision!
Some foods and drinks can have a high concentration of sugars and carbs. For example, when going to a carnival – you may indulge in popcorn, soda pop and mini doughnuts. That’s a lot of carbs and sugar in one evening! All those foods in your mouth can encourage the development of certain bacteria. In these situations, duration and timing are significant factors! The bacteria can attack your tooth enamel for at least twenty minutes after consumption. Brushing right after you eat would remove the bacteria before it has a chance to attack your tooth enamel! For indulgent evenings or meals, brush as after using fluoride toothpaste.
In some cases, brushing after eating can harm your tooth enamel. The Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association recommends waiting at least one hour before brushing your teeth. Specifically after consuming any acidic food or drinks. Examples include oranges, grapefruits and lemons. If you brush too soon after consuming these foods, the likelihood of damage is higher as the enamel is in a vulnerable state. Remember to brush before consuming acidic foods and drinks when possible. In addition, drink a glass of water after consuming to wash away the acids from your mouth.
Our dental team wants the best for your oral health! We recommend to eat a balanced diet, keep sugars and acidic intake as low as possible and keep up a good oral hygiene routine with brushing and flossing. Check-in with us to keep your oral health on track. Book your next dental hygiene appointment with us at Simply Wellness Dental – your neighbourhood friendly dentist in Burnaby!