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What You Should Know About Brushing Your Teeth

You probably know that your diet can affect your health. However, did you know that your diet can also affect the health of your mouth? For instance, you’ve probably heard that eating too much candy can leave you vulnerable to gum cavities. Usually, you can avoid these problems if you brush your teeth well—but do you know when you should brush?

You should remember to wait about half an hour after you eat before you brush your teeth. You see, after you eat, your enamel can be weakened. If you decide to brush while your teeth are softened, you could actually damage your pearly whites. After half an hour, your enamel will harden again. It is especially important that you avoid brushing for thirty minutes after you eat sugary or acidic foods.

In some cases, you may want to brush in the morning before you eat—especially if you’re in a hurry. However, many people don’t like brushing their teeth before eating because the flavor of their toothpaste can affect their food. Fortunately, there are a number of toothpastes you could use that don’t have an overpowering flavor. If you’re worried about how your breakfast can affect breath, we recommend eating an apple or chewing sugar-free gum.

If you’re interested in learning more about how or when to floss, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (973) 427-4201. Dr. Adam Rauzman and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you!