Keeping your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing daily is essential for long-term oral health. Our Tampa patients are often surprised to hear that it's important to wait an hour after your meal to brush your teeth, especially if you eat sugary or acidic foods. The fact is that during this brief period, your enamel is temporarily weakened, and brushing your teeth can cause harm.
Drinking Water After Brushing Your Teeth
It's absolutely fine to drink water after you brush your teeth unless you have just gargled with fluoride or medicated mouthwash, or after any special dental treatment. You may reduce and dilute the effectiveness of these treatments. Water is excellent for your oral health, and keeping hydrated is essential for your general health.
The only thing that your dentist at North Tampa Dentistry may not recommend is rinsing your teeth directly after a meal or brushing your teeth.
Rinsing Your Teeth With Water
Patients might be tempted to rinse with water after they brush with teeth, which we don't recommend if you use fluoridated toothpaste— rinsing can wash away the fluoride that strengthens your enamel. It's good to let the fluoridated toothpaste set in your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing with water. While rinsing doesn't harm you, it does prevent the toothpaste from working to its best ability.
Your oral health can be complex. Enamel is the strongest substance in your body, yet it can be extremely weakened in certain situations. Making sure to wait at least 30 minutes before or after eating to brush your teeth and waiting a few minutes after brushing to rinse with water can protect your enamel from being exposed to potential issues.
If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a dentist appointment in Tampa, contact our office.