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Brushing teeth after eating fruit

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Posted by: mcquerry  (3 years ago)

I have a question regarding eating fruit. I’ve come across several recommendations on the Internet that you shouldn’t brush your teeth immediately after eating fruit because the fruit acid attacks the tooth enamel (or, rather, gets worse due to the movement of the tooth brush). Assuming that this is true, how long should I wait to brush my teeth after eating fruit, and how much does rinsing the mouth with water in advance help?

Thank you very much in advance.
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Dear Mcquerry,

You can find a lot of things on the web and unfortunately, extreme positions are among the things you can find. Some who recommend these positions do not perform oral care at all and others brush their teeth with a stop watch and germicides.

Just relax and do not brush right after the meal; it’s a lot nicer to maintain the aftertaste.
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Posted by: bestcare  (3 years ago)

My dentist told me not to brush for about 30 to 60 minutes after eating acidic food. Acid softens the enamel and brushing your teeth right after consuming any acidic food will wear the enamel away.
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Posted by: mrchips  (3 years ago)
It’s not always advisable to brush our teeth right after every meal.
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