What Your Dentist Wants You To Do After You Eat

Dental Hygiene

Taking care of your teeth is especially important after eating. That’s why at Pimpama City Dental Centre, our caring team want you to know the best way to take care of your teeth and gums after eating.

 

POST-EATING ORAL ROUTINE

 

Many people ask the question: Is brushing your teeth after you eat good for you? Well, our Gold Coast dentists are here to help. 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.

 

FOOD & DRINKS TO AVOID

 

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):

 

  • Lollies
  • Chocolate
  • Bread
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Fruit juice
  • Citrus
  • Dried fruits
  • Potato chips
  • Flavoured coffee drinks

 

TIPS FOR LOOKING AFTER YOUR TEETH

 

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

 

  1. Brush two to three times a day (preferably after meals)
  2. Use fluoridated toothpaste
  3. Brush thoroughly for two to three minutes
  4. Limit sugary foods/drinks & acidic drinks (soft drink, fruit juices & cordials)
  5. Floss your teeth once a day
  6. Wear a mouthguard whilst playing sport
  7. 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.

 

To learn more about good oral health habits, call Pimpama City Dental Centre on (07) 5670 3777 or send through a message via our enquiry form here. Our Gold Coast dentists are always happy to help.

Article by Dr Valda Jing

Dr Valda Jing Dr Valda Jing – Dentist – Coomera Dental Practice.

Dr Valda Jing graduated from University of Adelaide in 2007.

Thereafter she moved to the Gold Coast in 2008. She has been working in the Northern Gold Coast ever since.

Dr Valda Jing is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

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