8 little-known facts about brushing your teeth:

You probably are brushing your teeth after meal on the theory that removing the leftover particles of food from the teeth would help to slow down bacterial growth. You do not realize that bacteria can grow on all sorts of mediums so they get by overnight.

While it is important to clear out any food stuck in your teeth and to rinse after eating, Dr. Scott Frey who is a Board Certified Orthodontist at freysmiles.com advises that the benefit of brushing your teeth after is much less than brushing before.

In this article I have carefully highlighted some facts many of us do not know about brushing our teeth. I have listed them below after carefully sieving through the comments of Dr. Frey in response to some of the questions he had to answer when he gave his views on the question – ‘what is the best time to brush your teeth?’

  1. Electric toothbrushes are more efficient at plaque removal
  2. An alcohol-free mouthwash of neutral to alkaline pH preferably with fluoride is good for daily use. Frey mentioned that he uses CariFree CTx3 Rinse, Dentist Recommended, Anti-Cavity (Mint)
  3. The best time to brush your teeth is in the morning before breakfast – however, it isn’t the only time you should brush throughout the day. This introduces fluoride into the bacteria plaque fluid to prevent ‘demineralization.’
  4. You may say that “eating breakfast doesn’t usually take very long – so it is not a big deal. Teeth need to be brushed after eating meals”. Note that bacteria take seconds to take in sugars and begin making acids. The bacteria will have been chewing on your teeth during the entire course of your meal which is a huge amount of time.  Also depending on the quality of the bacteria, the acid production can last for hours after a meal.

Dr. Frey said that personally he uses Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser, WP-660 to clear out any food after eating (you don’t leave food stuck in your teeth) and  TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Fresh Breath Oral Rinse to rinse, but the benefit of brushing after eating is much less than brushing before.

  1. Acids from the foods and bacteria will have softened up the enamel so you may be at a higher risk of toothbrush abrasion if you brush after meals. Some abrasive elements in toothpastes are calcium carbonate, aluminum hydroxide, silica and calcium and aluminum phosphates. Scrubbing with such toothpastes wears out the enamel and risks damaging it permanently.
  2. You should floss before you brush, so that your teeth receive the maximum topical effect from the fluoride in your toothpaste.
  3. The time spent brushing matters far less than the quality of the actual brushing itself.
  4. Sensitive toothpastes like Sensodyne work well for sensitive tooth. They contain potassium salts, which block up tubules in your teeth intended to increase nerve sensitivity. By blocking the tubules, the hypersensitivity is blocked.

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by Callistus D***

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