We are being asked a whole lot of questions concerning the meals that can follow a scaling.
It is totally possible (and even recommended!) to eat after a scaling but the delay after which it is recommended to eat and the type of food will vary according to the treatments that have been performed by the Hygienist.
WHEN can I eat?
-In the case where a scaling followed by a fluoridation has been carried out it is recommended to wait about 30 minutes before eating to avoid Fluoride’s “dilution”which would reduce its effectiveness. Just keep in mind that fluoridation that is being applied to the surface of your tooth at the end of the appointment by the hygienist is particularly concentrated and it would be a shame not to take advantage of this excellent protection for the teeth.
-If the Hygienist has not concluded the session by a fluoridation there is no particular reason to wait before eating.
-Finally, in the case of the use of latest generation AirFlow aero-polisher instruments, it is recommended to wait 30 minutes before eating anything because the teeth remain more “permeable” to stains .
WHAT can I eat?
In all cases after scaling we recommend to make a selection of food that is not likely to impregnate the teeth and color them, the latter being particularly permeable after this type of treatment.
Thus, it is recommended to avoid drinks such as coffee, tea, colas or wine, red fruits (blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrant), some vegetables such as red cabbage, beetroot, tomato sauce, or spices (curry, paprika, saffron, etc.).
The conclusion of our hygienists:
It is perfectly possible to eat after a scaling, respecting if possible a delay of about 30 minutes and focusing on foods that are not likely to “impregnate” teeth.
If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to seek the help of your hygienist or any member of the CHD team.