Dr Ben Atkins BDS



Dr Ben Atkins BDS

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Don’t rush to brush after eating!

10th January 2019

Did you know you should wait an hour after eating before brushing your teeth? I’m always telling my patients to remember to brush their teeth twice a day but they’re sometimes surprised that my advice is not to rush to brush your teeth as soon as you’ve finished eating. In fact, I suggest waiting for about an hour before cleaning your teeth.

It takes around 40 minutes for our saliva to neutralise the acid attack from food and drinks. Tooth enamel is also weakened by eating and drinking so if you rush to brush you can actually damage the enamel. Don’t forget to use a fluoride toothpaste to best protect your teeth from decay.

Read my comments on this in The SunĀ here.