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brush up on your brushing habits

We all know we’re supposed to brush your teeth once in the morning for approximately two minutes and then floss and brush again at bedtime.  But should we be brushing more frequently?  It depends…….

When consuming sugary and sticky foods, acids are produced which lead to tooth decay and erosion.  It would make sense to brush your teeth immediately after consuming food and drinks high in sugar, however this is not the case.

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Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming sugary foods cause more damage because the acidic substances are worked into the tooth surface causing erosion.  Instead, Dr. Rhemtulla advises to rinse your mouth with water and wait about 30 minutes to allow the acidic levels in your mouth to get back to normal prior to brushing.

Another brushing tip is to replace your toothbrush after a cold or flu.  The bristles of a toothbrush harbor bacteria and can act as a breeding ground.  Replacing your toothbrush ensures that you don’t re-introduce bacteria resulting in infections, colds and periodontal (gum) disease.

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