when not to brush

When not to Brush

PGA Smiles General Dentistry

when not to brushPalm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida

Too much of a good thing can apply to many areas of our lives, even our teeth! You probably never thought you would hear a dentist tell you this, but there are times in which you shouldn’t brush. You read that right; we are sharing with you 4 instances in which brushing your teeth may be overdoing it.

  1. After you eat

Brushing right after you eat sounds like a good idea, but you are actually digging the acids deeper into your dental enamel. Instead, drink a sip of water to help neutralize the pH levels in your mouth. In fact, it is always a good habit to rinse out your mouth with water after eating. You can still brush your teeth between meals; just wait 30 minutes after you eat to do so.

  1. After you upchuck

As gross as it may seem, resist the urge to brush your teeth immediately after you puke. Try to hold off for 30 minutes. The same rule about digging acids into your teeth apply here as well since stomach bile is highly acidic and can erode dental enamel. Without dental enamel teeth become sensitive, stain easily, and are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay. While you wait to brush, you could sip on some water or eat some crackers, if you can stomach anything at that point. Be sure that once you are feeling better and over your sickness that you trade out your toothbrush for a new one.

  1. In the shower

Maybe you brush your teeth in the shower to save time but don’t. There are millions of microbes that live on showerheads and lurking in the shower. By brushing your teeth while showering, you are exposing your mouth to these microbes! Instead, brush at the sink to keep your smile clean. Be sure also to store your toothbrush away from toilet areas, where invisible spray can splash upward from the toilet when flushing it. Also, avoid storing your toothbrush with a cover over it. These covers are nice when traveling, but they do not allow your toothbrush to fully dry, which means it could harbor bacteria or even mildew.

  1. With your partner

What’s mine is yours, and what’s yours is mine. That is the motto couples often live by, but seriously, this does not apply to your toothbrush! Since our oral bacteria reaches our bloodstream by brushing, sharing a toothbrush increases your risk of infection. Instead, saving the sharing for the bank account, bed, and memories.

It is important to always discuss your oral health needs with your dentist. Some patients may only need one or two dental cleanings a year, while others may require more frequent visits or extra measures that need to be taken in order to ensure optimal oral health. PGA Smiles is here to serve patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. To schedule an appointment, please contact our office by calling (561) 627-7090.