When It’s Better Not To Brush

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This post from Wilson Dental Gorup is all about your tooth enamel.

Thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. It has the essential job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also safeguards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone. That’s why we encourage our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush – at least, not right after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting sixty minutes will allow the acid to dilute.

Rinsing is a good idea, though. By rinsing your mouth out right after eating acidic foods, you wash away food particles and speed up the dilution of the acid.

At Wilson Dental Group, we want all our patients to have strong and healthy teeth that are free of cavities. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today! We have extended evening and weekend hours that fit any busy schedule.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:


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3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina


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