Brushing Immediately After Drinking Soda May Harm Teeth, The Research Proves
New research shows it is more harmful to your teeth to brush them immediately after drinking soda. So, those who always rush to brush their teeth in order to remove any traces of acidity caused by soda, think again.
The research proves it’s better to wait for at least half an hour before brushing your teeth.
As it is widely known for a fact, acidic substances attack tooth enamel to the extent in which upper layers of the tooth can gradually be dissolved. Because of high acidic levels present in the soda drink, dentists and researchers from Goettingen University in Germany have conducted a series of experiments to determine when is the best time to brush your teeth after consuming such carbonated drinks and other similar beverages.
In the study, the volunteers wore a special tooth-like material in a removable prosthesis. Each morning and evening it was removed and soaked for about a minute in a liquid having the same acidity levels as soda. Then, the prosthesis was brushed at various times after the ‘drink’. Few weeks later, the researchers measured the enamel and recorded the decrease in its thickness.
The loss of material was less when the participants waited with cleaning for between 30 and 60 minutes” – said the professor Thomas Attin, the director of the university’s department for tooth protection, preventative dentistry and periodontology.
The research data was presented at the annual conference of the German Association for Tooth Protection and was awarded a prize from chewing gum company Wrigley.
The research shows tooth enamel suffers less damage from brushing if left alone for some time to naturally mount its own defense against erosion made by carbonated drinks.
It is thus recommended to wait for a while for the teeth to re-build damaged tooth enamel and saliva to be produced which contain natural protective agents that repair enamel, rather than proceed with immediate brushing.
Read Related Dental Articles
Topics: Tags: acidity level, acidity levels, brush your teeth, brushing your teeth, carbonated drinks, Dentists, enamel, erosion, preventative dentistry, removable prosthesis