Brushing After a Meal

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Brushing your teeth at least two times a day can help strengthen and brighten your smile, but how long should you wait to brush after you eat? Depending on the meal or snack you eat, the time changes for how long you should wait to brush your teeth.

Our dentist, Dr. Tim Woodruff, wants you to have the healthiest teeth you can. Together with our team at Woodruff Family Dental in Jonesboro, Arkansas, we can help you know how long you need to wait after a meal before you brush your teeth.

Some foods, especially those that are high in carbohydrates and sugars, can attack your teeth for at least 20 minutes after you eat them. In situations like these, you are going to want to brush your teeth right after you eat to get rid of the bacteria that will attack your tooth enamel.

In the case of highly acidic foods, you should avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 to 60 minutes after you are done. Foods containing high acidic levels like oranges, grapefruits and lemons can weaken the tooth enamel. If you brush your teeth too soon, you could be doing damage to your teeth rather than cleaning them. When dealing with highly acidic food, it is actually a good idea to brush your teeth before eating them, and then drink a glass of water or chew sugarless gum to help clean your teeth after the meal.

If you need any help with when to best brush your teeth with your individual diet, please reach out to us at 870-972-8190. We look forward to helping you reach your personal goals for your smile.