Don’t Be in a Rush to Brush

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Don’t Be in a Rush to Brush

Every parent knows that it’s ideal for their child to brush after every meal. But what every parent doesn’t know is that their child should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing.

The fact is that brushing right after meals can actually be damaging to your child’s teeth. The reason is that eating elevates the acid levels in the mouth and temporarily weakens the enamel. If your child brushes right after eating, the bristles – even soft ones – can have an abrasive effect on the enamel when it’s already in a weakened state.


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However, a half-hour period between eating and brushing will allow time for saliva to build up in the mouth, which washes away food particles and helps the mouth return to its normal pH level by correcting the high acid levels. Your child can accelerate the accumulation of saliva by rinsing with water or chewing sugarless gum.


After 30 minutes, the enamel of your child’s teeth will have returned to its normal state and be ready for brushing.


If your child has sensitive teeth when brushing, it could be that she or he is brushing too soon after eating. You might try having your child wait for 60 minutes after eating before brushing. If this doesn’t relieve the sensitivity, you should schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist to see how your child’s tooth enamel can be strengthened.


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