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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 09:42

Brushing your teeth immediately after meal can damage them- warns dentist

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Brushing within half an hour of eating a meal or drinking a cup of coffee could ensure your teeth suffer worse damage- warns dentist.

brush-teethThere are few people who are extremely careful about their teeth and follow the dental hygiene regime meticulously. In urge to keep their teeth clean and healthy they bush more than the recommended number of times per day especially after a rich meal. Well, there are people who just ignored their teeth and do not brush at all.

However, Dentist warns that to keep your teeth healthy you must maintain a balance neither too much nor less, as over brushing your teeth could just do wrong and may harm than good.

Brushing within 20 minutes can corrode teeth, drives corrosive acids 'deep into teeth, dentists warn. However, waiting an hour can protect teeth- reports daily mail.

After drinking fizzy or acidic drinks, the acid burns into the enamel of your teeth - and the layer below the enamel, called 'dentin'.
Brushing at the 'wrong' time - particularly within 20 minutes of finishing a meal - can drive the acid deeper into your teeth, corroding them far faster than they would have rotted by themselves.

'With brushing, you could actually push the acid deeper into the enamel and the dentin,' says Dr Howard R. Gamble, president of the Academy of General Dentistry in an interview with the New York Times.

Research has shown that teeth corrode faster if they are brushed in the half hour after an acidic soft drink, which 'stripped' them - demineralising them.
In a study, Volunteers wore human dentin samples in their mouths, and tested different brushing regimens- documents Daily mail.

Brushing in the 20 minutes after a soft drink damaged teeth noticeably - although anyone who's just eaten a spicy meal might be relieved to know that waiting an hour seems to be enough to avoid the negative effects.
'However, after intra-oral periods of 30 and 60 min, wear was not significantly higher than in unbrushed controls,' say the researchers.
'It is concluded that for protection of dentin surfaces at least 30 min should elapse before tooth brushing after an erosive attack.'

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By ROB WAUGH for Dailymail 

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