Monday, August 27, 2012

Quick Fact-Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth. Everyone does it (or should!). I was always raised to brush my teeth before I went to school (or work) then again before bed time. There was an awkward period of time with braces and retainers that I would also brush my teeth after lunch or snacks.

Wouldn't you know it, they now have research showing that you can cause more harm to your teeth brushing after you eat than if you would wait?!

Here's the scoop....if you brush too closely after eating food, the enamel (the layer that protects your skin and you can NOT replace once lost) becomes weak. This is especially true with foods that have higher levels of acid. When your enamel is in a weakened state, your brushing can actually cause you to lose enamel. This level is practically untraceable, but if you brush after every time you eat, every day, every week, every month, over years...that's a lot of enamel!

Best advice, brush twice a day, but make sure you give yourself some time after you have finished eating so that your enamel isn't as soft.


2 comments:

  1. The correct way to brush is through doing soft and circular motions over the teeth and gums. Brushing too vigorously will not only damage your enamel, it can also cause gum bleeding. The same principle applies with flossing. Don’t apply excessive force when you’re flossing. Rather, slide the floss gently while following the curve of each tooth.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I remember my mom always told me the circular motion was best too!

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