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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.

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.

Would you like to learn more about how you should brush your teeth? Do you have more questions about when you should consider brushing or about other toothpaste options? Are you simply hoping to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Drs. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader? If so, we invite you to give Oakmont Family Dentists a call at 412-828-3311. We look forward to meeting with you.