We all know from an early age that we must brush our teeth every day . Parents and teachers at school also taught us the need for oral hygiene, and the importance of doing it to avoid cavities and toothaches .

Damage from brushing your teeth after eating

Until now it has been considered that brushing the teeth is necessary after a meal as soon as possible to keep our mouth fresh and good breath. But not everything is as we have been told, new discoveries indicate that this habit of brushing our teeth after a meal can cause us serious problems.

Today, dentists advise another type of brushing : If you are one of those who uses a toothbrush after every meal, it is possible that you are causing damage to your teeth that could be irreparable.

If for example you drink a cup of coffee or a snack and it has only been half an hour since then, it is not advisable to run to the bathroom to brush your teeth. Scientists explain that acid is included in many foods and drinks that destroys the dentin layer, which is found under the enamel.

Acids in certain foods promote cavities

When a person brushes their teeth immediately after eating, acid particles are stimulated in the deeper structures of the teeth, significantly increasing the occurrence of cavities.

A study conducted by dentists found that brushing teeth even 20 minutes after eating, leads to a substantial demineralization of teeth , and in turn causes rapid erosion of tooth enamel . If you want to avoid these harmful effects on your oral health, experts recommend brushing your teeth after about an hour, after eating.

We recommend reading the article how to make a healthy and handmade toothpaste.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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