For decades, dentists have advised to brush your teeth twice a day. But there’s a lot more to the timing than just “morning and night.” If you brush too soon after eating, then you risk doing more damage to your teeth than helping them.
When you eat food, the pH in your mouth goes down, or in other words a higher level of acid is present in your mouth than what is normal. This acid comes from two sources, the food you eat or as a byproduct of bacteria’s metabolic process as they consume sugars in your diet. This acid eats away at enamel and causes cavities. When you brush with a low pH, the acid has a greater chance to cause tooth decay. So the trick to safe and effective brushing is raising the pH to a neutral level.
The best way to regain a neutral pH level is by using xylitol products immediately after eating. Xylitol works in a few different ways to create a strong oral environment. First, it disrupts the growth and helps break up bacterial biofilm, which, in turn, lessens the production of acid. Xylitol is also non-fermentable—bacteria consume the xylitol molecule but can’t metabolize it. This saps the bacteria’s energy, and no acid is produced. Last, xylitol promotes salivation, the body’s way of neutralizing the pH in the mouth.
There are a number of ways you can receive the benefits of xylitol after you eat. If you are at home, you could use Spry Mouth Wash or Oral Rinse, and if you’re at the office or running errands, you can use Spry Chewing Gum, Spry Mints, or Spry Gems.
It’s time to make all your effort really count. Let’s make your pearly whites healthy and strong too.