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How Long Should You Wait to Brush After You Consume Acidic Foods?
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After eating, it is always a good practice to brush your teeth as it helps remove bacteria and food debris that may lead to the formation of plaque. And while you can brush immediately after eating, when it comes to eating acidic foods or drinks, things are a little bit different.

What happens to my teeth when I consume something acidic?

Food containing citric acid, for example, grapefruit, lemons, and oranges, tend to soften the tooth enamel for a while. Brushing your teeth too soon after consuming these foods may contribute to enamel damage as it is in a weak state. Since acidic foods abrade your tooth structure and make the enamel soften, it is easy for the enamel to wear out. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that when you repeatedly expose the teeth to phosphoric acid, present in some soft drinks, it can erode the hard tissue called the enamel. As a result, you may experience permanent damage to your teeth.

So, how long should I wait?

Once you consume something acidic, or sugary foods and drinks, it is crucial you allow the acids to dissolve. We advise you to wait for approximately 30 minutes or so before you brush your teeth. During this time, the saliva in your mouth or the water you drink after finishing your meal helps dilute and wash away the acids. That is why it is important for you to have a glass of water to drink as soon you are done eating; this helps dissolve and clear away the acids.

Talk to us about your oral health. Our dental team can help you maintain a healthy smile through proper oral care and treatment.

Cigarettes & Your Teeth
Smoking causes virtually all cases of periodontitis, or gum disease, which is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals harmful to your teeth and gums, including tar and nicotine. If you smoke a pack a day for 20 years, you can expect to lose between 12-25% of your natural teeth because smoking affects blood circulation and reduces saliva production. It also increases plaque buildup on teeth by up to 400%. This increased plaque leads to increased levels of acid that erode the enamel on your teeth, creating cavities that can lead to gum disease or even tooth loss if untreated. The best way to prevent cigarette smoke from damaging your teeth and gums is to quit smoking.

We hope the information we've shared with you has been helpful and will lead to a healthier, more beautiful smile. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please get in touch with us at your convenience!

Myths Concerning Fluoride
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Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water sources, plants, and soil. Fluoride has been proven to prevent tooth decay by remineralizing the enamel of teeth. There are a lot of crazy theories going around which are untrue. Some include:

People who drink fluoridated water will develop fluorosis?
Fluorosis is a condition that causes discoloration of teeth. However, fluorosis only occurs when fluoride levels in drinking water are too high, and most communities have naturally occurring low levels. As such, approved amounts are entirely safe.

Fluoride is dangerous for children and adults
Fluoride is safe and effective for everyone, including children and pregnant women. Fluoridated water has been proven to protect teeth from caries (cavities) in all age groups and those who may not be able to regularly brush their teeth, such as young children or the elderly. The ADA and all other major health organizations agree that fluoride is safe and effective. If you want more information about this topic, reach out to us, and we will be happy to help.

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