How Long Should I Wait to Brush After Eating?

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

Brushing your teeth after every meal and snack is one of the best ways to guard against tooth decay. However, brushing too soon can actually do more harm than good.

Certain foods, particularly acidic and sugary foods, can temporarily soften tooth enamel. If teeth are brushed immediately after easting these foods, enamel can easily be removed, making the teeth more vulnerable to decay. Waiting to brush your teeth for 30 minutes after you eat will help prevent this issue and still protect your teeth against plaque, decay, and discoloration.

Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young recommends brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day to maintain optimal dental hygiene. This daily routine should be combined with twice yearly visits to our office for professional cleanings and examinations. If enamel has been removed or teeth have been compromised by decay, Dr. Young can provide restorative procedures that guard against further issues and help restore optimal comfort, function, and beauty to your smile.

To schedule your next appointment with our experienced Houston area dentist, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves patients in Houston, The Woodlands, and surrounding Texas communities.