All the lives we’re told to brush our teeth, as soon as we get up, or when we are about to sleep and at times after every meal. Yes, it is a good habit and an absolute necessity for proper oral hygiene but there are some instances when brushing does more harm than good, the two of which are regularly done by a lot of people.
Before and after meals: Let’s first probe a little into what changes happen in our mouth after we eat. The pH level drops drastically, and it takes at least 20-30 mins to reach normal levels. During this period the acidic environment in the mouth causes the outermost surface of the tooth, the enamel to become weak and susceptible to damage. Over the recovery period of 30 minutes, the pH gradually changes towards neutral, thereby restoring the normal strength of enamel. Back to brushing; when done post meals, the rubbing of the weakened enamel causes it to thin out. Thinning out of the enamel leads to sensitivity, pain, and fracture at the worst(obviously after a long-standing habit). About before meals, the teeth when just brushed are more susceptible to acid attack by the food eaten, so its best to wait for 20-30 minutes after brushing before you eat.
After vomiting: Whenever we puke, due to whatever reasons it leaves a terrible taste in our mouth, so we pick up our toothbrush, put the nice mint-flavored paste and we are good. Hold on, it is not that simple. Pukes come out from the gut, which is heavily acidic. This makes our enamel weak, just like it happens after meals, but to a much greater extent. So avoid brushing after the vomit episode. Instead, take one cap of fluoridated mouthwash and gargle. It will not only improve your taste but help re-strengthening of the teeth.
That much said, ill sign off for today, and yes if you like this article, do let me know in the comment section below. Happy brushing!!