Getting your teeth cleaned twice a year is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) to help keep your teeth, gums, and tongue healthy. Not only does it help protect your mouth against cavities, gingivitis, and other mouth diseases, but it also leaves your mouth with a fresh and clean feeling that can last the rest of the day.
But, how long should you wait to eat/drink after getting your teeth cleaned? Well, it really depends on a few things:
- What do you plan on eating and/or drinking?
- Did you receive a fluoride treatment?
- Do you like the fresh feeling after a cleaning?
Eating and drinking right after a teeth cleaning can affect the work that you received at the dentist. It’s best to give your teeth some time, but if you do eat, it’s best to avoid foods that are acidic and abrasive, especially if you’ve received a fluoride treatment. Sticky foods can remove the fluoride treatment from your teeth and hang around, causing bacteria.
Some patients experience sensitivity after teeth cleaning. Food or drink that has extreme hot or cold temperatures can cause pain or discomfort, so eating soft and room temperature foods are best to limit any uncomfortable sensations.
If you did not receive fluoride during your dental visit, then you can eat and drink as soon as your cleaning is done.
If you did receive a fluoride treatment during your teeth cleaning, then its best to wait at least 30 minutes before eating and drinking. This ensures that the fluoride will have enough time to be absorbed into the teeth. Eating or drinking within the first 30 minutes after your teeth cleaning can wash away the fluoride treatment.
Fresh & Clean Feeling
Do you like the fresh and clean feeling you get to have after a teeth cleaning? A lot of patients love the way their teeth feel after visiting the dentist and want to wait to eat and drink so they can keep that feeling for a little bit longer. If you don’t like that “just been to the dentist feeling” try to wait at least 30 minutes after your cleaning. Then, try drinking or eating mild foods to help get that taste out of your mouth. Just don’t forget to skip meals!
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