Catherine Q. O'Neill, Allure magazine
Everyone knows you need to wait 30 minutes after eating before jumping into the pool. But did you know you also need to wait that long before brushing your teeth?
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I know. All this time you thought you were being a little whitening hot shot by running to the bathroom and scrubbing away those Pepsi stains before they settled. Turns out, you were actually scrubbing the acids in the soda further into your teeth. Yikes, right?
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Luckily, your body is a lot smarter than you and will neutralize those acids on its own. You just have to give it time. "Waiting 30 minutes allows for the saliva to disintegrate the acids in the mouth," says New York City cosmetic and restorative dentist Nancy Rosen. "You can also rinse with water so the acids aren't bathing the tooth." But don't think that just sodas are to blame. Red wine, white wine, sports drinks, and even some