When Is the Best Time to Brush Teeth?
Dentists on the Gold Coast promotes preventative dental care and oral health awareness in Bundall. Read below for expert brushing tips and call us to make an appointment for your next routine check-up.
Brush After Every Breakfast
Most of us are used to waking up in the morning and brushing our teeth before doing anything else. While it feels good to have minty fresh breath while sitting down to a hearty breakfast, it is quite likely that you will eat breakfast and then head out for the day with food debris and sugar stuck to your carefully cleaned teeth. All that hard work, undone! The simple act of brushing your teeth after breakfast can save you a full day of gradual tooth decay and plaque build-up.
In general, remembering to brush your teeth with the right technique immediately after a meal can go a long way in keeping your teeth in excellent condition.
Brush After Lunch and Dinner
Dentists on the Gold Coast advice is to consider brushing your teeth immediately after lunch too. This may be a challenge for most since it isn’t possible to brush on the job, but even a simple rinse of the mouth and a light brush of the teeth to ensure no food debris are stuck can really make the difference. The environment in the mouth is conducive to the quick decay of food debris. Dentists on the Gold Coast recommends giving the bacteria in the mouth less to do by keeping the mouth as clean as possible for as long as possible!
For all the care we show our teeth, it is likely that nearly all of us eat dinner and then only brush just before bed. For example, you might eat dinner at 7 pm, but only brush your teeth around 10:30 pm just before going to sleep. That’s a whole four and a half hours of food debris stuck to your teeth. Brush your teeth immediately after dinner and avoid eating anything else until it’s time for bed.
Dental Care After Eating Acidic Foods
When it comes to taking care of your teeth, the principles are very simple. We brush to remove food and plaque, which is a sticky film on the surface of the teeth containing a lot of bacteria. Upon eating food that contains sugar, the bacteria in the plaque thrive and produce acids which attack the enamel.
Acid can break down tooth enamel, eventually causing cavities. Plaque that isn’t removed can also harden into tartar, making the proper cleaning of the teeth even more difficult. Tartar build-up around the gums will eventually lead to inflammation and gum disease.
We believe that knowing the right brushing technique and brushing at the right time is just half the battle. Improve your technique with more brushing tips from our experts.
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