Orthodontist shares importance advice for brushing teeth after eating

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Brushing your teeth is a habit that many of us are taught to do twice a day.

Not only does this help prevent bad breath and get rid of any food stuck between teeth, but it can protect against decay.

But doctor Khaled Kasem, chief orthodontist at Impress, advised against brushing teeth immediately after eating

Speaking to Express.co.uk he advised to brush before breakfast and going to bed – or at least 30 minutes after food.

“Brushing before you eat breakfast is better for your tooth enamel and overall oral health,” he said.

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“However, if you prefer brushing after you eat, wait about 30 to 60 minutes.

“We’d always advise you to brush your teeth before you’ve eaten breakfast.

“This is because when you eat breakfast the acid in the mouth weakens the tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities and other oral health problems.

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“Additionally, if you brush too soon after eating, it can cause even further damage to your teeth, potentially requiring dental treatment, so whenever possible brush as soon as you wake up to strengthen enamel and set you up for the day.”

He also warned that many of us are putting the health of our teeth at risk by not cleaning between them

Dr Kasem said: “Many people don’t realise that a toothbrush doesn’t cover all of the areas around your mouth and that they also need to use floss or an interdental brush too.

“Cleaning in between your teeth should be an essential part of your oral health routine, as that’s where food will often get stuck.

“Not cleaning in between the teeth will increase the risk of tooth decay or lead to you developing gum disease.

“For optimal oral health, everyone should be using an interdental brush or floss before they go to bed every night.”

What you eat also has an impact on the health of your teeth, he said.

Dr Kasem added: “Consuming a balanced diet that is low in sugary and acidic foods and beverages can help prevent tooth decay.

“One of the most common causes of tooth decay is the consumption of too much sugar.

“The most obvious sugary foods, like sweets and biscuits, should be kept to a minimum and you should be using a straw if drinking sugary drinks, when possible.

“If you limit your intake of sodas, sugary snacks, and acidic drinks this will reduce the risk of cavities and the need for restorative treatments.”

If you have concerns about the health of your teeth and mouth you should speak to your dentist.

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