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As you probably know, sugary foods and drinks can actually lead to tooth decay. Similarly, you probably know that you can avoid this problem by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Similarly, you may know that brushing and flossing correctly can help you keep these issues at bay. However, do you know when you should brush?

You’ve probably heard that it’s important to brush and floss your teeth after you eat. If you don’t, plaque and food particles could spread and damage your teeth. While brushing is extremely important, did you know that you shouldn’t brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes—especially if you’ve eaten sugary or acidic foods? You see, the outer layer of your teeth will weaken for about 30 minutes after you brush. Brushing while your teeth are weakened will damage your pearly whites.

In some cases, you may want to brush in the morning before you eat—especially if you’re in a hurry. However, many people don’t like brushing their teeth before eating because the flavor of their toothpaste can affect their food. Fortunately, there are a number of toothpastes you could use that don’t have an overpowering flavor. If you’re worried about how your breakfast can affect breath, we recommend eating an apple or chewing sugar-free gum.

If you’re interested in learning more about how or when to floss, please don’t hesitate to give Ramsay Orthodontics a call at 512-346-1384. Dr. Stephan Ramsay and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you!