What is the Best Way to Maintain Dental Hygiene Following a Noon Time Sandwich?

Really now, should I make the effort to brush my teeth in the office mens room? What else can you suggest?

Doctor Answers 4

Reality for most people when it comes to cleaning teeth after lunch

Brushing immediately after eating can actually cause your teeth to wear prematurely.  While eating your mouth gets extra acidic causing some erosion of calcium from the matrix of your teeth.  If you brush immediately it will wear away that matrix before it naturally returns to a normal pH level and soaks that calcium back up.

Secondly, even if you are told to brush after lunch most people aren't going to do it.  Generally, if you brush twice and floss once daily you will be 99% perfect with your home care.  For many, the happy medium between brushing and doing nothing at all is simply rinsing your mouth out after eating.  This will help dislodge some of the food particles.  You could even do that rinse with Listerine instead of water. 

Often, the more simple solution actually becomes habit and the more complicated ones will be avoided.  Good luck!

Keeping teeth fresh and clean after lunch

Hi, thanks for your question!  Even a quick "touch up" after lunch will help keep your mouth healthier.  Many electric toothbrushes even have a setting for shorter brushing duration for just these circumstances.  Sugarless gum is also a great way to stay fresh until you brush again in the evening.  Best wishes!

Best way to maintain hygiene after lunch?

Rinse or brush and floss if you can in 1-3 minutes you will have a much healthier mouth and save alot of money good luck


Kevin Coughlin DMD, MBA, MAGD      CEO Baystate Dental PC

Kevin Coughlin, DMD
Springfield Dentist

Maintaining Dental Hygiene Following Lunch

The best thing to do would be to brush your teeth. If that's impossible, the next best would be to floss and chew some sugarless gum.

Jay Neuhaus, DDS
New York Dentist

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