When should you NOT brush your teeth?

When you hear the saying “too much of a good thing is bad for you,” you might think of the time during your childhood when you ate too many sweet things and had an aching stomach, or the time you decided to take a nap and woke up after a few hours feeling groggy. What you may not have thought about was how brushing your teeth could also be bad for you. Here are the three times when brushing your teeth is not such a good idea:

1.    After you eat

Waiting for 30 minutes after you eat is not only a pool rule, it is also a dental rule. If you brush your teeth immediately after you eat, you push the acid deeper into the tooth enamel, causing the enamel to weaken and break down. While waiting to brush your teeth, it is recommended that you rinse your mouth with water to neutralize your mouth’s pH levels after a meal.

2.    After you regurgitate your food

As unusual as this may sound, you have to wait to brush your teeth after you have vomited. Vomit contains high levels of gastric acid that erode tooth enamel. When the enamel erodes, it leaves teeth temporarily tender, making it susceptible to damage. After vomiting, it is best to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, and then wait for 30 minutes to pass before brushing your teeth and slaying your sickness.

3.    After someone else has used your toothbrush

Although it is acceptable to exchange saliva while kissing, sharing a toothbrush is completely different. Sharing a toothbrush is not only unhygienic, but it also has some medical risks. This is because brushing can cause the gums to bleed, which in turn exposes everyone you share your brush with to blood stream diseases.

For more tips on when to brush your teeth, contact a dentist in Cape Town.

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