For years, you have been told to brush your teeth immediately following meals, but new research suggests brushing your teeth this way may actually be harmful to your teeth. Foods and beverages with high levels of acidity soften tooth enamel. Your saliva can take up to 30 minutes to neutralize acids and, if your brush before they are neutralized, you may remove tooth enamel that can never be replaced.

Rinsing your mouth with water as soon as you have finished eating and prior to brushing serves a dual purpose. First, it removed acids and helps prevent enamel softening. Second, it removes colors from foods and beverages that can stain teeth. By rinsing, then brushing your teeth, you can help protect tooth enamel and ensure a whiter, brighter smile.

Tooth Staining

Even if you rinse and brush after every meal, some tooth staining is inevitable. When your teeth become stained, Burke, Virginia cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban offers teeth whitening options to help restore optimal beauty. Dr. Marzban offers chairside whitening with the Boost Tooth Whitening system as well as professional take-home kits from Opalescence. Both of these solutions can whiten your teeth several shades and help provide you with a smile you are proud to show the world.

If you are experiencing tooth discoloration and live in the areas of Burke, Fairfax, or Fairfax Station, Virginia, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule a tooth whitening consultation today.