This message from The Plano Dentist has a message that may surprise you: sometimes, it’s better for your dental health not to brush your teeth.
Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. Its job is to protect your teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.
Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is beneficial, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.
If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already taken place. It may be a hard change to make, but if you succeed your teeth will thank you for it.
At The Plano Dentist we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums, and that include strong tooth enamel. If you’re having issues with yours, please call us. We offer general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
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