Is There Ever A Bad Time To Brush Your Teeth?

Brush Your Teeth

Since most of us were children, we have been encouraged to brush our teeth, pretty much all the time. But our dentists here at Castle Rock Dental want to tell you that there are actually times where it is bad for you to brush your teeth.

Times You Shouldn’t Brush Your Teeth

In general, brushing your teeth helps remove food particles and keeps plaque from building up on your teeth. However, the bristles of a toothbrush can be abrasive enough to expose your teeth to damage in certain situations, which may lead you to need professional dental intervention. The critical times when you should not brush your teeth are:

  • Immediately after a meal – You should wait at least 20-30 minutes after you have eaten to brush your teeth, especially if your meal or drinks contained anything acidic. By waiting, you give your saliva time to normalize the pH in your mouth, re-establishment of healthy oral bacteria, and allow our teeth to have a healthy layer of plaque to protect the enamel. If you don’t wait, you may damage your enamel, which is more exposed post-meal.
  • Right after vomiting – While it is understandable that you want to brush your teeth after vomiting, it can be incredibly damaging if you do. The acid from your stomach can attack your teeth as you try to brush out the taste. Instead, clear your mouth out with plain water and wait 20-30 minutes for your mouth to rebalance before you brush.
  • Before you eat something acidic – If you know you are going to eat or drink something acidic, be sure you don’t brush your teeth beforehand. That way, your teeth will have its protective layer of healthy plaque to help protect your enamel from the acidic foods and drinks you consume.

Brushing And Flossing Best Practices

Along with coming in for your bi-annual dental cleaning, there are daily tooth brushing and flossing practices you should implement to protect your oral health.

  • Remember to brush at least twice a day, but give yourself time between your meals.
  • Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep from damaging your teeth.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen your teeth against tooth decay.
  • Floss at least once a day, usually right after you brush your teeth in the evening.

For expert dental care in Billings, MT, contact us for an appointment. Our dentists will be happy to help you achieve the best oral health possible.

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