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Wouldn't Brushing After Every Meal Wear out the Teeth Enamel?

Wouldn't Brushing After Every Meal Wear out the Teeth Enamel? I Try to Wait 1 Hr Max

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Brushing after every meal?

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No not at all if done properly and with the correct brush with soft bristles good luck

 

Kevin Coughlin DMD, MBA, MAGD    CEO Baystate Dental PC


Springfield Cosmetic Dentist

Brushing Properly Will Not Wear Out the Enamel

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Hi Rina

Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal should be a must!  Enamel is one of the hardest structures in your body.  Brushing your teeth will not wear out enamel. It is possible to damages the delicate gum tissue around the gumline where the tooth and gum meet. Make sure you use a soft bristle brush and always try to floss after every meal. You will have good oral health and less decay!  Brush away!

George Koutsoukos, DDS
Valencia Cosmetic Dentist

Nope

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The bristles of a brush or the paste are not abrasive enough.  However, if you soaked your teeth in something acidic, waiting 20 minutes may be a good idea, but even then we are talking "maybe" a couple microns.  What is commonly called toothbrush abrasion is incorrect, it is usually a bite issue.  Even trained dentists get this wrong.

 

if you are waiting an hour, that is still better than most.  You don't need to wait, but it doesn't hurt.

Lance Timmerman, DMD
Seattle Cosmetic Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Too Much Brushing

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Tooth enamel is a very hard material. You cannot brush enamel away with a toothbrush. Great ways to loose enamel include drinking acidic beverages such as any type of soda, diet or non diet.

Lilya Horowitz, DDS
New York Cosmetic Dentist

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