Brushing and flossing your teeth 2-3 times a day is a vital part of keeping your teeth and gums in tip top shape. Yet, there are a few key times when brushing your teeth may do more harm than good!

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So, when should you avoid brushing your teeth?

-Right before a meal, especially with acidic foods (think citrus foods). When we brush our teeth, we temporarily remove the good biofilm that protects our teeth from cavity causing culprits.

-Right after a meal. After we eat, the acid from the food we eat temporarily weakens the enamel in our teeth until our teeth have a change to remineralize. Brushing right after a meal causes damage to our temporarily weakened enamel.

-Right after vomiting. After we vomit, our natural instinct is to grab the toothbrush and give our teeth a good wash. Don’t! The acid from our stomach is very strong and weakens the enamel in our teeth. Brushing would cause extreme stress to our enamel.


Swish your mouth with room temperature water for 10-20 seconds right after an acid exposure to gently rinse away debris and neutralize the pH of our mouths.

Try waiting at least 15-20 minutes after acid exposure to brush your teeth. This gives your teeth a chance to remineralize and strengthen with the natural minerals in your mouth.