When to Brush Your Teeth After Eating

Posted Mar 28th, 2018

When to Brush Your Teeth After Eating

It may seem like a good idea to brush your teeth right after eating, but this isn’t necessarily the case!


If you’re looking for a good way to boost your kids’ oral hygiene routines, adding an extra brushing session in after the midday meal is a good idea. However, it’s important to remember that when it comes to brushing, timing matters, and there can be too much of a good thing.

If you decide add brushing into your kids’ routine after meals, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

Brushing too often or too hard can cause damage...

Brushing regularly is essential for maintaining good oral health, and most dentists recommend brushing 2 – 3 times a day, for two minutes at a time.

Brushing too often or too hard, however, can defeat the whole purpose of brushing: to have healthy teeth!

Over-brushing can cause a variety of dental health problems, including tooth abrasion, sensitive teeth and receding gums.

...and so can brushing directly after eating.

It may comes as a surprise to learn that you should wait for approximately an hour after eating before you brush your teeth.

The acids in the foods we eat cause our tooth enamel to soften during meals. This means that brushing too soon after a meal could cause damage to your enamel because it will be softer than usual.

It’s a good idea to rinse with water first.

Particularly if you have eaten something acidic, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth out with water directly after eating, rather than brushing straight away.

This will rinse away any lingering food debris, and is a good stop gap until the next brushing session.

Consider an electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes help kids brush more thoroughly and, while preventing over-brushing at the same time.

Electric toothbrushes do the actual brushing work for you, and so users automatically don’t feel the need to press as hard when using them, resulting in gentler brushing. You child can just guide the brush over her teeth and let it to all the work.

Brushing after meals can be a great addition to your child’s oral hygiene routine, but it’s important to proceed with caution. Contact our North Delta children’s dentists today for more information.

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