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Brushing after acidic foods or drinks

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Posted by: powermaid  (10 years ago)
Hi everyone!

In the morning after eating my breakfast, I used to drink a glass of fresh juice then brush my teeth right after. Recently, I saw a commercial saying that if you brush your teeth too soon after any acidic drinks such as juice or soda, it may increase the risk of tooth erosion. Is this true? If this is the case, how long should I wait before I brush my teeth after consuming any acidic drinks or foods?

I am looking forward for your answers. Thanks a lot!
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Posted by: cecile  (10 years ago)
Hi Powermaid,

I do not brush my teeth 30 to 60 minutes after consuming erosive food or drinks. Instead of brushing right after any acidic food or drink, you can rinse with water or with fluoride solution.
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Posted by: needmedic  (10 years ago)

Acidic foods and drinks soften the tooth enamel and brushing your teeth after consuming them increases the chance of enamel erosion. It is recommended to wait for at least 60 minutes before brushing after eating or drinking acidic foods or drinks.
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yes its true that if you will brush your teeth immediately after eating then the chances of degradations of teeth are more and hence you can end up in carious teeth. So, it is advised to wait for couple of hours so that remineralization has took place...for more info visit the link.......
Dr.Diana Fraser
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Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: Serendipity14  (9 years ago)
I also read a blog post on that said brushing teeth immediately after consuming acidic beverages makes the tooth enamel more vulnerable to dental erosion. so it is best to wait for 30 minutes up to an hour after drinking drinks high in acidity, before proceeding to tooth brushing.
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I'm totally agree with this theory, but I have another solution for you. Instead of brushing your teeth after drinking soda or other highly erosive products, rinse your mouth with normal water for about 1 minute. This will remove part of the remaining food and acids.
Posted 9 years ago
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