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What Your Dentist Wants You To Do After You Eat

Many people ask the question: Is brushing your teeth after you eat good for you? Well, the general consensus is, if the food or drink you consume is high in carbohydrates and sugars, you should brush immediately after.

This is in order to remove harmful bacteria in your mouth that can attack tooth enamel within the first twenty minutes after eating a meal or snack.

However, it has been proven that brushing your teeth immediately after eating can sometimes affect tooth enamel. This is the case if you’ve consumed food or drink that’s highly acidic, meaning you shouldn’t brush your teeth for at least 30 mins.

Never fear though, a good preventative measure is to brush your teeth before eating or drinking something acidic and drinking a glass of water afterwards to remove the harmful acids.

Proper oral hygiene is essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. At Pimpama City Dental Centre, our caring dentists offer expert advice on proper oral health.


One of the best ways to improve oral hygiene is to limit your intake of harmful food and drinks.

Below is a list of food and drinks you should only consume in moderation (or not at all):





Carbonated drinks

Fruit juice


Dried fruits

Potato chips

Flavored coffee drinks


Aside from visiting your dentist twice a year, there are several healthy habits you can follow at home to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Brush two to three times a day (preferably after meals)

Use fluoridated toothpaste

Brush thoroughly for two to three minutes

Limit sugary foods/drinks & acidic drinks (soft drink, fruit juices & cordials)

Floss your teeth once a day

Wear a mouthguard whilst playing sport

Only use your teeth for chewing food

By following these healthy habits, you give your teeth and gums the best chance of avoiding bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. Oral health is not only important for your mouth, it’s directly related to heart health.

by Dr Valda Jing

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