Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne

Is Brushing After Lunch a Good Thing?

March 08, 2022 Dr. Mark Burhenne - Functional Dentist Episode 51
Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne
Is Brushing After Lunch a Good Thing?
Show Notes

In the USA, children are often encouraged to brush their teeth multiple times a day, however, as they grow older this often tapers to just mornings and evenings. Today’s question is from a listener in Colombia, where it is not uncommon for people to brush multiple times a day as adults. After listening to Dr. B's podcasts on how brushing your teeth can strip away the enamel, Steven sent in his question asking if it is unhealthy to brush after lunch. Tune in to find out why Dr. B encourages this, but only under certain circumstances and only if you have good brushing habits! Join us to get some tips on what these good brushing habits look like, and when to time your brushing for maximum tooth health. Dr. B also shakes up the episode introduction by including Dr. Alvin Danenbeg’s definition of functional dentistry. We close off with a reminder of why functional dentists are the future, and where you can find out more. 


Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to today’s question and how Dr. B is changing the introduction to each episode [0:00:12]
  • Dr. Al Danenberg’s definition of what functional dentistry is [0:01:22]
  • What inspired Steven to ask today’s question: healthcare in Colombia [0:03:46]
  • Why Dr. B would reword the question and the benefits of brushing multiple times a day [0:07:30]
  • The science behind why Dr. B is concerned about brushing right after lunch [0:08:51]
  • Technique tips: how to brush your teeth properly [0:14:17]
  • Why Dr. B isn’t against brushing multiple times a day [0:15:10]
  • A call to functional dentists listening to the podcast to send in their definitions of what functional dentistry is, and to join Dr. B’s network [0:15:29]
  • How dentistry has shifted since Dr. B’s time at dental school, and where the field is going now [0:16:46]
  • Where you can find out more about functional dentistry [0:17:52]


How to Submit Your Question:

Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 


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