Monday, August 3, 2015
Don't Brush Your Teeth!
When is brushing not a good idea? Eating grapefruit wedges or drinking a glass of orange juice will leave acid on your teeth and brushing immediately after will rub the acid further in and can erode enamel. You should delay brushing a full 60 minutes after a citrusy meal or snack. Other acidic foods that can harm your teeth: fruit juice, soda (including diet), sports drinks, and even wine. When the enamel, the protective outer coating on your teeth, wears away, the softer dentin layer underneath is exposed, leaving them vulnerable to tooth sensitivity that makes drinking hot or cold beverages painful. They are also more vulnerable to cavities. Plus, the enamel does not come back; once it is gone, it is gone.