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At first, asking when you should brush your teeth may be sound like an odd question. After all, doesn’t everyone know when to brush their teeth?

Brushing is an important part of removing food particles and plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a film containing bacteria, that builds up on your teeth. When you eat something that contains sugar, the bacteria interacts with the acids to breakdown the enamel of your teeth. Over time, that can lead to cavities. If plaque isn’t removed, it can become tartar, which is even tougher to get rid of.

The American Dental Association suggests that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. However, depending on what you eat, you may actually want to hold off before grabbing your toothbrush. If you have had an acidic food or drink, wait a while before brushing. Since the acids weaken the enamel of your tooth, brushing too soon after eating or drinking can help to wear down that enamel.

For more tips on brushing, flossing and oral health, or to schedule an appointment for a checkup and cleaning contact our office at 936-271-3338 today.