is it true that brushing too much after eating damages teeth?

May 14, 2007 6:21pm CST
there came a stage in my life when i decided to brush my teeth right after EVERY meal i eat! and mind you guys, i eat every so often in a day.. :P my mom scolded me for that because she said that the healthy brushing should just be 2-3 times a day. if it exceeds that, the teeth enamel would be irritated causing the surface of teeth to deteriorate in the long run.have you also heard about this guys? any similar experiences?
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• United States
14 May 07
I always thought it had more to do with brushing too hard, too strenuously. The dentist told that is how I damaged the enamel on my teeth. I also brushed too frequently I guess. It can wear down your teeth and then you could have problems. Instead, you might want to trying swishing around a germ killing mouthwash or rinse a couple of times each day and keep the brushing to 2-3 times daily. Also, regular flossing is recommended (but do it gently and don't overdo it).
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
hi there! ;0 oh, so that is maybe one of the reasons why i kinda heart od that issue. the enamel will be damged if we brush too hard and too often, right? ;p as for the flossing part, i really agree that we have to be gentle. i had a lot of expereinces when i flossed too hard and i ended up having gums which were bleeding. ;p
16 May 07
If you consume something that alters the acidity on your teeth it softens them for half an hour or so, so if you brush straight away you are more likely to remove layers of the enamel thus damaging the teeth. You shouldn't eat anything half an hour before of after brushing you teeth....breakfast included.
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