Did you know that brushing your teeth straight after eating may be bad for you?

Dental hygiene is firmly ingrained into our daily routines, but there are certain habits that many of us have that may actually be doing more harm than good.

Brushing your teeth after eating may seem like a good idea, but did you know that if you’ve consumed acidic food or drink you may be brushing away the enamel. This is because the acid softens the tooth surface making it more vulnerable.

Another habit that many people have is rinsing their mouth after brushing their teeth. By washing away the toothpaste, you lose the fluoride–that helps to build enamel and strengthen teeth–and any antibacterial effects that the toothpaste has. Rinsing means that most of the toothpaste is lost down the drain, so it is best to just spit once or twice.

Dr Guy Barwell spoke to Woman & Home magazine to get the word out! If you’re interested in reading the article, click on the images below, and if you want to leave a comment, please do!

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