It is commonly believed among many of us that proper dental care means flossing and brushing often at a minimum, twice daily, as the American Dental Association recommends. Those who are particularly diligent may brush even more than that, after meals, snacks or sugary drinks. Your tooth enamel, the hardest substance in your body, works to protect your teeth. But acids created by breakdown of food can wear away that protective enamel. After consuming a meal rich in carbohydrates or sugar, the pH level of your oral cavity drops. This means it becomes more acidic. Your body has a natural way to correct the high acid levels in your mouth and return it to the optimum pH level. It’s the job of saliva to naturally flush away food particles and give your enamel the balance it needs to continue its protective work.
Did You Know That There is Actually a Bad Time to Be Brushing Your Teeth?
According to research shows that just as brushing too hard or too often can cause tooth abrasion, it is also not recommended to brush too soon after meals and drinks, especially those that are acidic. This can do more harm than good. Acid attacks the teeth, eroding enamel and the more sensitive layer below it, called dentin. Brushing can accelerate this process, said Dr. Howard R. Gamble, president of the Academy of General Dentistry. “With brushing, you could actually push the acid deeper into the enamel and the dentin,” he said" When you eat or drink something acidic, the pH in your mouth goes down and can take some time to go back to normal." The ideal pH of a mouth is about 7, while a soda even a diet one can be as low as 2.5 or "about the same as household vinegar," says Dr. Cole. Acid demineralizes and weakens the tooth surface, making it more prone to erosion or decay resulting in a cavity.
People who suffer from Acid reflux face a similar problem. While it might seem like a good idea to brush after a reflux episode, doing so can further erode and damage your teeth.
When you scrub with a toothbrush you are actually encouraging the process. According to a study published in the journal General Dentistry in 2004, "When you want to make etched glass, you apply an acid or an abrasive and scratch it, that is what happens if you drink a sports drink or a soda, or even wine, and brush right after," says Dr. Cole. If you wait 30 minutes, however, "the saliva in your mouth will naturally bring the acid down to a more neutral pH and not rub acidic substances in."
A study was conducted to study the impact of brushing right after drinking a can of soda. A group of volunteers were followed for three weeks. Once the three weeks were up, the scientists found that there was a considerable increase in dentin loss when brushing in the 20 minutes after drinking soda. Whereas there was much less wear when brushing took place 30 or 60 minutes afterward.
“It is concluded that for protection of dentin surfaces,” the authors wrote, “at least 30 minutes should elapse before tooth brushing after an erosive attack.”
In the meantime, Dr. Gamble suggested rinsing the mouth out with water or using an acid-neutralizing mixture: one part baking soda, eight parts water can be used to get rid of the acid immediately from the mouth.
After thorough research and reviewing literature it is advised not to brush immediately after an acidic meal or drink. It is recommended to always wait at least 30 minutes.
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