Ask a Dentist

May 3, 2021

Q: Should you brush right after you eat?

Q: A friend of mine told me that you shouldn’t brush your teeth right after eating because it wears down your teeth. Is this true?

A: Your friend is right. You should wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking (except for water) before brushing your teeth. This is especially true if you’ve eaten something acidic, such as lemons and oranges, which weaken your enamel. While your enamel is in a weakened state, brushing can wear it down and potentially cause issues in the future. We recommend you brush first thing in the morning and right before bed. Visit us at one of our St. Vital Centre or Garden City Shopping Centre locations today for a check-up!