Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Brush before or after breakfast?

It seems to be all about teeth lately. And now the news is that if you are planning to drink fruit juice, you need to brush your teeth before you drink them {sigh} all this time I have been brushing after eating breakfast.

I love fruit juice! But I am thinking that everything in moderation cannot be bad, can it? I have a smoothie or two a week. Never good to overdo anything. But it is a pity to know that something that seems to be good for you is not always so ...

The growing popularity of fruit smoothies could lead to an epidemic of tooth damage, dentists have warned. Fruit juices and smoothies can be as acidic as fizzy drinks and if consumed regularly can contribute to erosion of tooth enamel.

Dentists advise that it is best to brush teeth with a fluoride toothpaste before drinking fruit juice as this helps strengthen the enamel against the corrosive effect of the acidic juice. But most people still brush their teeth after breakfast, for example, when their tooth enamel has been weakened by fruit juice and brushing can be harmful.

Once you have eaten your breakfast the protective enamel on your teeth is softened temporarily for up to one hour. If you brush your teeth at this point, before the enamel has had a chance to harden again, you can risk eroding away the enamel and this can also increase your risk of suffering tooth decay. (Telegraph)

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