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As you probably know, sugary foods and drinks can actually lead to tooth decay. Similarly, you probably know that you can avoid this problem by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Similarly, you may know that brushing and flossing correctly can help you keep these issues at bay. However, 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.

While you should wait at least half an hour after you eat to brush, what can you do if you’re in a hurry? You could brush before you eat, but many people are bothered by how toothpaste affects the flavor of their food. Fortunately, there are toothpastes with milder flavor that won’t have a major impact on your food. If you’re worried that food will affect your breath,
using mouthwash or eating an apple can cover your breath.

If you’re interested in learning more about how or when to floss, please don’t hesitate to give Highland Village Smile Studio a call at (972) 317.1406. Dr. Nicole Richardson and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you!