Wait Before You Brush!

By: Dr. Debra Matson, D.D.S., Sep 22, 2014

How often should I be brushing my teeth daily? After everything I eat?

Oral hygiene basics

You should brush your teeth twice a day, morning and before going to bed, with a soft bristle toothbrush. There are many different toothbrushes available and your dental hygienist will guide you in choosing one for your dental needs.

If you choose to brush after eating, our Kelowna dental clinic recommends waiting at least 30 minutes after your meal before brushing. Some foods are acidic and will act as an abrasive on your enamel, so brushing immediately will wear down your teeth. So instead of grabbing for the toothbrush, drink water, wait, and then brush.

Dr. Matson graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Southern California receiving the award for Compassionate Patient Care and Clinical Excellence.  She is an Evaluator for Gordon Christenson's dental Clinician's Reports, the oldest and only non-profit dental institution based in Utah that educates dentists about the latest in proven products and techniques.

Dr. Matson currently practices at the Okanagan Smiles Dental Clinic in Kelowna, British Columbia.