If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, it’s worth knowing that there are better times to indulge or to schedule your sugar hour. As a rule of thumb, it’s better for your teeth if you eat sweet treats immediately after a main meal or as part of the main meal. There’s a very good reason for this as every time you eat something sweet it stimulates oral bacteria that attack tooth enamel by producing acid. The more frequently you eat something sweet, the greater the time your teeth are exposed to these acids, and eventually, these acids cause such significant erosion it creates cavities. The secret is to minimise the time your teeth are exposed to acid and to make sure you can clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards.
However, here is another thing you may not have considered as it’s better to wait at least half an hour after eating before brushing your teeth. It takes at least this long for acidity levels in your mouth to normalise. If you brush your teeth too soon, you brush softened and weaker tooth enamel that is more easily damaged, even by a toothbrush. While you wait, rinse your mouth with plain water or chew on cheese. Cheese contains calcium and other helpful ingredients that strengthen teeth, and it stimulates saliva production, helping to normalise pH levels in your mouth more effectively.