You may have been told at home or taught in school to brush your teeth as soon as you finish a meal. Guys, don't be in a rush. Stay on your seat and spare a few minutes reading this interesting post. Who knows, the information presented might change your 'pearly whites' practice for the better.
One study has shown that brushing after after meals and drinks, especially those that are acidic can damage your teeth. Citrus foods like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits can leave acid on your teeth. Also, sugary drinks such as sodas, diet colas, and energy drinks produce acid residue on your teeth.
Acid attacks the teeth and softens the tooth enamel. Brushing too soon after consuming acidic foods could push the acid deeper and slowly wears away tooth enamel and damaging the dentin (the soft layer underneath the enamel.)
So to protect the dentin from being expose, dental practitioners suggested delaying brushing your teeth for at least 30 or 60 minutes after eating citrus and acidic beverages.
In the meantime, here are some things that can be done to get rid of acid:
• Rinse your mouth with tap water or using an antibacterial mouthwash after eating or drinking.
• Chew sugar-free gum (this encourages saliva production to neutralize the acidity.)
• To protect the tooth enamel, drink your beverages by sipping through a straw.