at Dental Associates of Corona will explain more about timing oral hygiene for optimal dental health.

Acid Erosion of Tooth Enamel

Dentin is the part of your teeth that lies underneath the protective layer of enamel. Recent medical research encouraged a group of volunteer participants to brush their teeth at various times after drinking diet soda. Those people that were instructed to wait 20 minutes to brush their teeth after consumption of a carbonated beverage presented with an increase in dentin loss. When participants brushed 30 to 60 minutes after drinking carbonated beverages, there was considerably less wear on tooth enamel.

More Research

Other valuable research agrees that brushing immediately after meals or drinks that have acidic elements can be damaging to your teeth. The president of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Howard R. Gamble, points out that brushing teeth when acid is present can actually push the harsh substance deeper into your teeth.

Sodas and citrus fruits are not the only culprit. People afflicted with acid reflux can be extra susceptible to enamel damage. Episodes of reflux might make you want to run to the bathroom and brush your teeth right away, but it’s best to wait 30 minutes if possible. You can swish your mouth with plain water in the meantime. For quicker neutralization of acid you can make a rinse from eight parts of water to one part of baking soda.

Visit Your Corona Dentists

To schedule a consultation with your Corona dentists for any of your dental needs, contact our 92879 dentist office today by calling (951) 273-9580. We offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to ensure optimum oral health, and we welcome patients from Corona and surrounding communities.