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When Is The Right Time To Brush Your Teeth?

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – When it comes to your teeth, the dictum from the American Dental Association has been to brush twice and floss daily.

Now research says it’s not that simple. When you brush can also affect the health of your teeth.

The research shows that brushing too soon after acidic meals and drinks — like wine, juices and pop — can do more harm than good. The same goes for people with acid reflux.

While it may seem like a good idea to brush after consuming those acidic things, it can damage your teeth.

“The acid attacks the enamel, so the bacterial can easily get in there and cause cavities, Sometimes on these gum line cavities, on these teenagers we see the whole mouth with 12 to 18 cavities,” said Dr. Tripti Meysman of City Tooth. “It’s really important for those who like to drink acidic drinks to brush before that or rinse often with water.”

To keep your teeth in tip top shape, dentists say brush for a full two minutes right after breakfast and just before bedtime, but hold off for at least half an hour if you’ve had any acidic foods.

If you’re like me, the first thing you want to do after drinking juice or pop is brush your teeth. If you feel that instant urge to brush, experts suggest you rinse with water instead.

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