You probably know that you should brush your teeth twice a day. Dentists are backed up on this advice by the American Dental Association (ADA). While the general oral hygiene challenges people face revolve around not brushing and flossing enough, there are some people that take brushing their teeth to the extreme. In fact, you can brush your teeth too much, and wear tooth enamel down, especially if your timing is off. Your Temecula dentists at Oasis Family Dental will explain more about timing your brushing for optimal dental health.
Enamel Erosion from Acid
When you brush your teeth immediately after meals or consuming drinks that are acidic, your teeth can really suffer. Dr. Howard R. Gamble, president of the Academy of General Dentistry notes that brushing at this time can actually push acid deeper into the enamel and dentin of your teeth. Acid reflux is another health issue that can cause enamel damage. Naturally, people afflicted with acid reflux are likely to be eager to brush their teeth after an episode. In this situation, don’t rush to brush. Rinsing your mouth with water and giving time for your saliva to neutralize the acid in your mouth will protect your enamel from erosion. If you want neutralization to happen more swiftly, a rinse of one part baking soda to eight parts of water can help.
Wait Thirty Minutes to Brush Teeth
A research study that had a group of volunteers brush their teeth at different times following a diet soda binge found that 30 minutes was an optimum amount of time to wait. Participants of the study that waited 20 minutes to brush their teeth after consumption of a soda showed an increase in dentin loss. Dentin is what lies underneath your enamel, making up the bulk of your tooth. When participants brushed 30 to 60 minutes after drinking carbonated beverages, there was considerably less wear on tooth enamel.
General Dentistry in Temecula
The Oasis Family Dental provides comprehensive dental care for our patients of all ages. If you are in need of a checkup, cleaning, restorative procedures such as fillings or crowns, or one of the above-mentioned cosmetic procedures, contact our 92591 dental office by calling (951) 695-2290 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Temecula and all surrounding communities.