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You probably know that there are a few basic things you’ll have to do if you’d like to keep your smile healthy and strong. For example, you probably know that it’s important for you to brush your teeth twice every day. You may also know that you should remember brush for two minutes at a time. However, did you know that when you brush is also important?

You should remember to wait about half an hour after you eat before you brush your teeth. You see, after you eat, your enamel can be weakened. If you decide to brush while your teeth are softened, you could actually damage your pearly whites. After half an hour, your enamel will harden again. It is especially important that you avoid brushing for thirty minutes after you eat sugary or acidic foods.

In some cases, you may want to brush in the morning before you eat—especially if you’re in a hurry. However, many people don’t like brushing their teeth before eating because the flavor of their toothpaste can affect their food. Fortunately, there are a number of toothpastes you could use that don’t have an overpowering flavor. If you’re worried about how your breakfast can affect breath, we recommend eating an apple or chewing sugar-free gum.

If you’re interested in learning more about how or when to floss, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 801-465-4474. Dr. Kevin J. Reece and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you!