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How Long Do You Have to Wait After Eating to Brush?

Posted on 2/6/2023 by Rho Family Dentistry
How Long Do You Have to Wait After Eating to Brush?Brushing is one of the most important components of good oral hygiene. It helps get rid of bacteria, food particles, and plaque from the surface of your gums and teeth. As a result, oral infections like tooth decay and gum disease are prevented. One of the common concerns regarding brushing is how long one is supposed to wait after eating to brush.

Brushing After Eating or Drinking

It is recommended that you wait between thirty minutes to one hour after eating to brush. Waiting for the specified period before brushing your teeth is important, especially after eating acidic foods. Foods with a high concentration of acids like lemons, grapefruits, and oranges can weaken your tooth enamel. Therefore, brushing too soon after having such foods can damage the enamel. You are encouraged to eat nutritious foods low in carbohydrates and sugar after consuming acidic foods for better results. By doing so, you limit the harmful effects of acidic foods.

Waiting roughly 30 minutes after eating and before brushing is also important because prolonged exposure to acidic conditions can result in sensitivity. This happens when the enamel is damaged by brushing too soon after consuming acidic foods. Given that the enamel helps protect the underlying dentin, damaging it will expose it. The dentin and nerves are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. As a result, you will develop tooth sensitivity, which can be very uncomfortable. This is why brushing too soon can be harmful to your teeth.

You are also encouraged to brush your teeth gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid wearing down the enamel. Brushing aggressively could have similar effects as acidic foods; it damages the enamel. Schedule a consultative appointment with us for more information on how long you should wait to brush your teeth after eating.

Jeffrey J. Rho, DDS

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