When It’s Better Not To Brush

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In this post from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove MN, we have a reminder. Though it’s thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. It has the vital job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also guards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly amazing. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

We encourage our patients to safeguard their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is helpful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove MN we want the best possible dental health for our patients. People from Champlin, Plymouth MN, and Osseo come to our office for family and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule a checkup today!

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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