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Is it bad to brush your teeth right after drinking juice?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Probably not: The brushing will help remove the plaque and sugar that is in the juice that can cause gum and decay problems.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Consider this...: Fruit juice may be acidic & have a lot of sugar, both of which damage tooth structure. Drink plenty of water immediately afterward. Maintain your teeth well with good brushing (with Fluoride toothpaste) & flossing. Do not brush immediately after having acidic foods as you can abrade off tooth surface. Talk to your dentist making mouth trays made that you can fill w/ mi paste.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Can be: Most juices are acidic and the acid can soften tooth enamel. If you brush right after drinking juice you are brushing you teeth when they are at their weakest. Tis can. Cause enamel abrasion, or enamel wear. It is better to wait 15-20 minutes for the ph to return to normal. Rinsing with water is a good thing to do after juice.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Great answer. The same holds true for many sports drinks as they are very acidic as well!
Sep 4, 2013

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