You don’t have to brush after every meal

We’ve been told this for years, but the mouth is pretty good at defending itself. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, and pair that with saliva, it has a pretty strong defense.

According to Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal saliva contains some of the same enzymes used in detergent to break down starches (known as amylase), and antibacterial substances so effective that wounds in the mouth will heal twice as fast as those located on the skin.

Your mouth’s acidity actually temporarily softens the enamel on teeth while it breaks down food particles and washes them away, so if you brush too soon, you’ll end up scrubbing away enamel. If you must brush after every meal, wait at least 30 mins.

Jul 26, 2013

Debunking the biggest tooth myths

We rely on them to smile, speak, chomp, chew, bite and even start the digestive process – it’s safe to say that our teeth are pretty important! After our baby teeth, we’re only given one set – so it pays to look after them. After all, healthy teeth mean a healthy person.

Here are the biggest tooth myths according to Popular, and the real truths behind them…

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  1. Paul11:13am Saturday 27th July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The mouth and saliva are actually slightly alkaline to offset the acidity some of the food and drink in our diet introduces. The stomach contains hydrochloric acid which is neutralised by alkaline bile before entering the small intestine.