Brushing is important in order to remove the plaque and bacteria that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. But here are instances when brushing could be more harmful than good:

  1. After acidic foods and drinks. The acid breaks down and softens the enamel, so when you brush, you’re stripping away the enamel. Instead, rinse with water and wait 30 minutes before brushing.
  2. If you have a hard bristle toothbrush. I don’t even know why they sell these things! Harder bristles don’t get you a better clean; they just damage your gums. If you don’t have a soft bristle toothbrush, skip the brushing until you’ve gone to the store 😉
  3. After toothbrush contamination. I don’t mean if your dog chewed on it or if it fell in the toilet. Although these are both great reasons to skip brushing your teeth. What I mean is about after you’ve been sick. All the germs that made you ill are sitting on your brush and multiplying. Yuck! Don’t use that toothbrush.
  4. After gum surgery. Your surgeon will give you the details on this one. But, whenever the tissue is healing, you want to be very careful, and sometimes that means no brushing for a few days. Imagine that!
  5. When you want your personal space back. Yep, there’s typically a guy or gal at work that’s always too close for comfort. If your teeth are clean and your breath is minty fresh, they’ll just keep coming. Skip brushing for a few weeks, and they’ll get the message. 😊


Dr. Holinbeck

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