I read that you should wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating a meal. Is it okay to not follow this?


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There are various articles online saying that you should wait before brushing your teeth after eating something acidic because it'll damage your enamel. Since I'm mostly unsure if what I'm eating is acidic, I just wait 30 mins every time. Is it fine if I just ditch this rule? Or can I just rinse my mouth for like 2 minutes instead of waiting?
 
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Yes, numerous articles mention that the acids soften the enamel's mineral content. Since many toothpastes have abrasive ingredients, there may be a small risk of damage to the enamel. Allow about 30 minutes for water and your saliva to neutralize the acidic environment before you brush.
 

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