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If you are one of those people who brush their teeth immediately after having a meal, it’s time to stop doing that because, contrary to popular belief, that your teeth will be more beautiful, a combination of brush and acid from the recently eaten food can destroy the tooth enamel.
The studies show how food or acidity of food lowers the normal acidity of the mouth, which is the pH of seven. After eating the food, and even after drinking carbonated beverages or glass of wine, the pH falls to about two. In addition, acid weakens the teeth and as you brush them when the teeth are so exposed you can damage the tooth enamel.
Dentist Jeffrey M.Cole, president of the Academy of General Dentistry, warns that the teeth should be washed only about half an hour after eating, because during this period the natural saliva from the mouth neutralizes acidity and sugar from food.
In the meantime, if you want to wash your mouth, it’s best to wash it only with water.
Interestingly, chewing cheese helps to reduce bacterial plaque on the teeth. Cole explains that chewing stimulates the work of the salivary glands, and proteins from saliva create a natural shield of chemicals.
For beautiful white teeth you should avoid carbonated drinks, coffee, alcohol, sweets and sweetened juices.