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Trump’s last GOP rival lands new gig after failed 2024 presidential bid

Nikki Haley, who was the final rival to former President Trump in the Republican nomination race before ending her White House bid last month, is joining a leading conservative think tank known for focusing on international affairs and national security.

Haley, the former two-term South Carolina governor who served as ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump administration, is joining the Washington, D.C.-based Hudson Institute.

“Nikki is a proven, effective leader on both foreign and domestic policy,” Hudson President and CEO John P. Walters said in a statement Monday. “In an era of worldwide political upheaval, she has remained a steadfast defender of freedom and an effective advocate for American security and prosperity. We are honored to have her join the Hudson team.”

During her White House bid, Haley advocated a muscular U.S. foreign policy to deal with global hot spots such as the war between Russia and Ukraine and the fighting between Israel and Hamas, often offering a stark contrast with Trump’s American First agenda of keeping the nation out of international entanglements.

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Haley traded fire over America’s overseas role with rival Vivek Ramanswamy, an advocate of Trump’s America First philosophy, during the GOP presidential primary debates. 

“When our policymakers fail to call out our enemies or acknowledge the importance of our alliances, the world is less safe. That is why Hudson’s work is so critical,” Haley said. “They believe the American people should have the facts and policymakers should have the solutions to support a secure, free, and prosperous future. I look forward to partnering with them to defend the principles that make America the greatest country in the world.”

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Haley, who received the Hudson Institute’s global leadership award in 2018 during her tenure as U.N. ambassador, will serve as the institute’s Walter P. Stern Chair. According to the Hudson Institute, the position was created four years ago to commemorate a former chair “who was instrumental in making Hudson one of Washington’s most respected research organizations.”

The institute emphasized that “it is fitting that Nikki has taken on this title” because “she is a courageous and insightful policymaker.”

Haley launched her presidential campaign in February of last year, becoming the first major candidate to challenge Trump, who had announced his candidacy three months earlier. Additionally, she was the final rival to Trump, battling the former president in a two-candidate showdown from the New Hampshire primary in late January through Super Tuesday in early March.

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Haley announced that she was suspending her White House campaign on March 6, the day after Trump swept 14 of 15 GOP nominating contests on Super Tuesday.

However, Haley made it clear when she exited the Republican presidential nomination race that she intends to keep speaking out.

“While I will no longer be a candidate, I will not stop using my voice for the things I believe in,” she emphasized as she spoke at her presidential campaign headquarters on Daniel Island, in her hometown of Charleston.

To date, Haley has declined to endorse Trump.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it who did not support him. And I hope he does that,” Haley said last month, as she pointed to those who supported her during her White House run.

“This is now his time for choosing,” she emphasized.

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Swing state’s Dem governor breaks lengthy silence on ‘Death to America’ chants

More than a week after activists chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” at a high-profile rally in Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer condemned the rhetoric.

“This hateful rhetoric is unacceptable, and does not represent Michigan or Dearborn,” Whitmer’s office told Fox News Digital on Sunday. “The Dearborn community is full of hardworking, proud Americans. Our state is diverse and we are proud of it.”

A Whitmer spokesperson said the statement had previously been “prepared and provided to media upon request,” however, the text did not appear to have been printed in any outlets and was also notably absent from the governor’s social media accounts. Fox News Digital asked Whitmer’s office last week to weigh in on the chants but did not receive a comment at that time.

Protesters were seen on video chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” at an Al-Quds Day rally in Dearborn on April 5.

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Whitmer had seemingly remained silent about the chants, even as the Biden administration condemned “these abhorrent and antisemitic remarks in the strongest terms” in a comment to Fox News Digital last week. 

The Biden campaign also responded “No” when asked whether it still sought the votes of those who chanted at the rally on April 5. Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud also publicly denounced the chants, calling them “unacceptable and contrary to the heart” of Dearborn.

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“Gov. Whitmer may be celebrating the Day of No Silence today, but she’s been celebrating a whole WEEK of silence by refusing to condemn the ‘Death to America’ rally held in our state,” Michigan Senate Republicans posted Friday. 

“Michigan protesters chanted ‘Death to America.’ Why is Whitmer silent?” a critical op-ed published Sunday in USA Today asked in its headline.

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International Al-Quds Day, the annual pro-Palestinian event held on the last Friday of Ramadan at which the “Death to America!” chants broke out, has significant support in Dearborn, which has the highest per capita Muslim population in the country.

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Whitmer joined NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and was asked whether Biden’s handling of the war in Israel could cost him Michigan’s vote in November’s presidential election.

“The state of Michigan is always going to be a close race, no matter what, under what scenario,” Whitmer said. “I will share, though, as I’ve had conversations with people both in my Jewish community and in the Arab American and Muslim and Palestinian community, that a lot of people are hurting right now. A lot of people are one degree of separation from someone who’s lost their lives, whether it was on October 7, or is in the war in Gaza.”

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She added, “And so I’m trying to keep an open dialogue to stay focused on how we support these beautiful diverse communities here in Michigan.” 

144 million Americans could be owed money from major US cell company

Eligible current and former Verizon customers have just a short amount of time left to claim a portion of the $100 million settlement the wireless carrier reached in a case over administrative charges.

Claims must be sent online or by mail before the filing window closes late Monday. For the online option, the designated portal to request a payment will close at 11:59 p.m. PT, the settlement administration website said.

Claimants must be “current or former individual consumer account holders in the United States… who received postpaid wireless or data services from Verizon and who were charged and paid an Administrative Charge and/or an Administrative and Telco Recovery Charge between January 1, 2016 and November 8, 2023,” to qualify, according to the site.

The portion of the settlement that eligible individuals will receive is expected to vary, with the base set at $15 with an additional $1 added on for each month they were subject to the administrative fee that prompted plaintiffs to sue, the settlement administrative website said. The payments are currently capped at $100 per account holder.

WALMART SHOPPERS COULD GET CASH PAYMENT UNDER $45M LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT

Verizon will dole out up to $100 million in total under the terms of the settlement it reached in mid-November in the legal case.

In the lawsuit, it claimed the company “falsely advertis[ed] its wireless services at lower monthly rates than it actually charges customers by not disclosing, and not including in the advertised price” the monthly administrative charge that it “imposes each month on every line purchased by its post-paid wireless service customers.”

The settlement did not include an admission of wrongdoing or liability from Verizon.

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“Verizon clearly identifies and describes its wireless consumer Admin Charge multiple times during the sales transaction, as well as in its marketing, contracts and billing. This charge helps our company recover certain regulatory compliance, and network related costs. As always, our Company stands committed to transparency and the clear disclosure of all consumer charges and fees,” Verizon spokesperson Rich Young told FOX Business in January.

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The number of valid claims that ultimately come in by the end of the day could change the amount of money that current and former customers could receive.

People cannot qualify for settlement payments without sending in their claim by the deadline. On top of that, not making a claim on time will also cause the forfeiture of the ability to take legal action related to the case later, the settlement website said.

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The claim submission deadline comes nearly two months after the cut-off date to opt out of the settlement passed.

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Payments will come in the form of a check or electronic payment, according to the settlement website.

Baltimore bridge collapse could have had sinister origin as feds enter investigation

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, The Associated Press has confirmed from a source.

The probe, first reported by the Washington Post, centers on the 985-foot container ship, the Dali, looking at least in part into whether the crew left the Port of Baltimore knowing the vessel had serious system problems. 

Authorities are looking into the events leading up to the moment the ship lost power before slamming into one of the bridge’s support pillars, the Post reported, citing two U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, the FBI confirmed the bureau “is present aboard the cargo ship Dali conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity.”

“There is no other public information available, and we will have no further comment,” it added. 

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“My office generally will not confirm the existence of or otherwise comment about investigations,” Erek L. Barron, the U.S. Attorney for Maryland, said in a statement to the Post. “However, the public should know, whether it’s gun violence, civil rights abuse, financial fraud, or any other threat to public safety or property, we will seek accountability for anyone who may be responsible.”

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The criminal investigation is separate from the one being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the collapse and evaluate safety measures. 

President Biden and Democratic Maryland Gov. Wes Moore have pledged to hold the appropriate parties responsible.

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The White House quickly ruled out any nefarious action or terror after the March 26 collapse. Six construction crew members died, while two others survived. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

How Israel’s iron beam laser can gun down missiles at the speed of light

Israel’s first line of defense, a missile defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, is labeled the Iron Dome. It was first deployed in 2011, and has since rebuffed and destroyed rockets from Hamas militants, Palestinian forces and Iranian drones and missiles.

The Iron Dome is land-based and built to keep the citizens of Israel safe from barrages of rockets deployed most often from the Gaza Strip by Iranian-backed terrorists, Hamas. The system is capable of tackling missiles with ranges between 2.5 miles and about 43 miles.

In April, the defense system – along with weaponry and intelligence from Israel’s allies – repelled drones and missiles fired by Iran in retaliation for an Israeli airstrike that killed a top Iranian military commander.

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Israel’s shield uses radar to track an incoming threat, like a missile or artillery shell, and relays the data and target coordinates to a missile firing unit. Interceptor Tamir missiles are fired at the enemy’s projectile to eliminate the threat.

In the past, the Iron Dome has been 90% effective in intercepting thousands of rockets fired from Hamas terrorists, according to Israeli officials. The defense system was integral to Israel’s defense during conflict with Gaza in 2012 and 2014. 

In December 2020, Israel’s defense ministry reported that they tested sea-based aerial defense systems over a span of a few weeks and all tests were successfully intercepted by Israel’s multi-tier defense systems – the Iron Dome, Arrow and David’s Sling.

David’s Sling, or “Magic Wand” is the secondary layer of protection and a complete air defense system also developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to combat ballistic missiles and medium-range rocket attacks.

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The Arrow is the third layer of protection and an anti-missile defense system – the most advanced of its kind. It is used to combat long-range missile strikes. The U.S. has invested in the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and the Arrow and has provided finances for the restocking of the defense systems.

In 2021, bipartisan House lawmakers doubled down on America’s support for Israel following a deadly conflict with Hamas. The battle lasted 11 days in May 2021, and resulted in the deaths of 250 Palestinians and 10 Israelis.

Both Democrats and Republicans wrote to now retired Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in June 2021 urging the Pentagon to work with Congress to restock Israel’s supply of interceptors for the Iron Dome.

A total of 55 lawmakers signed the letter in support.

The letter read, “We must ensure that the Iron Dome remains able to protect Israel without running the risk that its stockpile of interceptors becomes depleted. Israel must always have the resources it needs to defend itself from incoming rockets when it is targeted again.”

The United States began providing funding for the Iron Dome in 2011 and 55% of the system’s components are currently manufactured in the U.S., according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Israel is the unrivaled recipient of U.S. military assistance, totaling over $3 billion each year. For the Iron Dome alone, the U.S. volunteered $1.6 billion from 2011-2021.

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In June 2022, a U.S. company, JustAnswer, launched aid for Ukraine to build a modernized missile defense system, much like the Iron Dome, to prevent Russian rockets from striking civilians. The missile system “Sky Project” intends to create a mobile, all-weather air defense system designed to intercept and destroy rockets and artillery shells.

Father says son specifically targeted women in deadly spree for one specific reason

The father of an Australian man who went on a deadly stabbing spree at a busy Sydney shopping mall on Saturday has a theory as to why the attack targeted women while mostly avoiding men.

On Saturday, Joel Cauchi was identified as the assailant who carried out a knife attack in the Westfield Bondi Junction mall near world-famous Bondi Beach, leaving six people dead and more than a dozen injured. Police ruled out terrorism and said Cauchi had a history of mental illness.

The killer’s father, Andrew Cauchi, however, said he knew why his son, who suffered from schizophrenia, had targeted women. He blamed his son’s frustration at not having a girlfriend.

“Because he wanted a girlfriend, and he’s got no social skills, and he was frustrated out of his brain,” the 76-year-old told reporters outside his home in Toowoomba in Queensland state, an area approximately 540 miles from the New South Wales border with Sydney.

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Australian police are continuing to investigate why Joel Cauchi targeted women while avoiding men, a police commissioner said on Monday.

New South Wales State Police Commissioner Karen Webb said detectives intend to question Cauchi’s family amid the ongoing investigation.

The only male killed was Faraz Tahir, 30, a Pakistani refugee who worked as a security guard at the mall. Tahir was not armed.

The five other deceased victims were women. Webb said most of the 12 surviving victims were also women.

CCTV footage from the mall specifically showed Cauchi targeting women, she explained.

“The videos speak for themselves, don’t they? And that’s certainly a line of inquiry for us,” Webb said.

The police commissioner added, “It’s obvious to me, it’s obvious to detectives that that seems to be an area of interest: that the offender had focused on women and avoided the men.”

The father, who was visibly distraught when he spoke with reporters, described his now-deceased 40-year-old son as a “very sick boy.”

“He’s my son, and I’m loving a monster. To you, he’s a monster. To me, he was a very sick boy. Believe me, he was a very sick boy,” the father added.

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The deceased victims were identified as Tahir, Yixuan Cheng, 27, Jade Young, 47, Dawn Singleton, 25, Pikria Darchia, 55, and Ashlee Good, 38.

Eight victims who survived their injuries remained in hospitals on Monday, including Good’s 9-month-old daughter.

Andrew Cauchi told reporters that his son had a “fascination with knives.”

The father also said he took five knives, which he described as U.S. military combat grade, from his son while they were living together in the Toowoomba family home last year.

He feared they would be used for violence, he said. The father explained his son grew angry over the incident and called police, accusing the father of theft. The knives were given to a friend for safekeeping.

“I told the police my son had schizophrenia, and I’m worried for myself,” Andrew Cauchi said.

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“I said to my mate, ‘Why do I feel I’m going to be killed in my own house by my own son with a U.S. combat knife?’” he added.

Police shot and killed Joel Cauchi after they responded to the knife attack on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

US Olympic uniform for track athletes sparks concerns about coverage

American Olympic track and field athletes expressed their outrage about one part of the uniform they’re supposed to wear for the Paris Games this summer.

A red, white and blue leotard was at the center of the issue. The garment barely covers the bikini line. It didn’t appear that shorts were supposed to match the attire. The uniform, which popped up on social media, stretched over a mannequin.

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USA Track and Field (USATF) told the Associated Press that Nike consulted with several athletes while designing the uniforms. American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson and Athing Mu were among those who modeled the uniforms last week. Their versions covered more than the kit that drew ire.

Nike executive John Hoke said the company worked “directly with athletes throughout every stage of the design process.” USATF added that “athlete options and choices were the driving force for USATF in the planning process with Nike.”

The post from Citius Mag that circulated around social media drew immediate pushback.

Olympic hurdler Queen Harrison joked that the European Wax Center should be the sponsor for the team.

Paralympian long jumper Jaleen Roberts wrote on Instagram, “This mannequin is standing still and everything’s showing… imagine MID FLIGHT.”

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Retired track athlete Lauren Fleshman said, “This is a costume born of patriarchal forces that are no longer welcome or needed to get eyes on women’s sports.”

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Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Katie Moon, who will look to defend her title in Paris, defended Nike in an Instagram post. But she added that the leotard shown on the mannequin “was concerning, and warranted the response it received.”

She said that she and her fellow athletes have a choice when it comes to attire.

“When you attack the buns and crop top saying something along the lines of it’s ‘sexist’ (which if that was our only choice, it would be), even if it’s with the best of intentions, you’re ultimately attacking our decision as women to wear it,” Moon wrote. 

“And if you honestly think that on the most important days of our careers we’re choosing what we wear to appease the men watching over what we’re most comfortable and confident in, to execute to the best of our abilities, that’s pretty offensive. I personally like the buns because I want as little fabric clinging to me when I’m hot and sweaty (which I am at 99% of meets I compete in).”

Moon added in a post on X that she tried on the controversial attire.

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“If this can help put women’s minds at ease a bit…I tried on the same style today and didn’t feel worried about…things…popping out. I think it’s just the mannequin. This felt like the last kit just a slightly higher cut. I know every body is different tho so just my take.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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High school baseball team pulls off masterful trick play to win game

A New Jersey high school baseball team went viral because of how it was able to pick up a victory on the diamond.

Delsea Regional High School was in a tight matchup against Audubon High School on Saturday. In the seventh and final inning, Audubon had runners on first and second base with two outs and down one run.

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Delsea pitcher George Starr appeared to attempt a pickoff at second base. It looked like he had thrown the ball to one of the infielders and like the ball had made its way to center field. However, Starr still had the ball in his hand and tagged the unsuspecting Audubon base runner out as he tried to run to third base.

It was a well-executed hidden ball trick.

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“We were all fooled, and the game is over,” the broadcaster said.

Delsea coach Joe Smith wrote on X, “Kids sold it perfectly.”

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Starr also had the go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning, according to 97.3 ESPN South Jersey. He helped Delsea to the 4-3 victory.

“Definitely never thought I would wake up to this,” Smith added on X as the play appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

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Delsea moved to 5-1 on the season and is one of the best teams in New Jersey’s Tri-County conference. Audubon fell to 2-3.

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Dentist goes viral with three surprising times you shouldn’t brush your teeth

A dentist has gone viral on TikTok after sharing the circumstances in which you should skip brushing your teeth — at least for awhile.

Dr. Shaadi Manouchehri, clinical director at Smart Dental Aesthetics and director at the London School of Facial Esthetics in England, sparked online conversations after she shocked viewers by saying you should not scrub your pearly whites at those times when reaching for a toothbrush and toothpaste is likely the first thing you’d do.

In the video, which currently has more than 12 million views, Manouchehri said that for one, you should not brush your teeth after vomiting — which quickly ignited questions in the comments section.

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“I literally have to brush my teeth after throwing up,” one TikTok user argued.

“My mom always made me brush my teeth after vomiting,” another person said.

“Learned the first one in pregnancy!” a woman wrote. “Mouthwash was my best friend that first trimester.”

Manouchehri said that, in addition to holding off after vomiting, people should not brush their teeth after eating breakfast or sweets.

“Ah, yes, the three times I want to brush my teeth more than any other time,” a TikTok user commented.

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There is one factor that links the three circumstances together, said Manouchehri: pH levels, or acidity in the mouth. 

“Your teeth are minerals and an acid could quite literally dissolve them,” Manouchehri told Fox News Digital in an interview. 

“Obviously, the stomach contents are very acidic. So, if you brush your teeth straightaway, you’re basically rubbing the acid onto your teeth.”

“When we eat anything, be it breakfast, lunch, snack, sweet things in particular, the bacteria on your teeth metabolize this and turn it into an acid so that you can brush straightaway.”

She added, “[It’s] the exact same concept with vomiting. Obviously, the stomach contents are very acidic. So, if you brush your teeth straightaway, you’re basically rubbing the acid onto your teeth, which can damage them.”

The acidity in the mouth will naturally neutralize overtime — but that time period can take roughly 30 to 60 minutes for the salivary buffers to act, she said. 

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It may sound like a challenge to hold off on brushing teeth immediately after vomiting in the hope of getting the taste out of the mouth — but Manouchehri offered a few tips that could help speed up the process.

“Things like drinking water [and] chewing sugar-free chewing gum … will accumulate more saliva so that it can neutralize the acid quicker,” she added.

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Manouchehri advised waiting 30 to 60 minutes after vomiting or eating breakfast and/or sweets before you brush your teeth again, so that the mouth has time to neutralize the high pH levels.

While these are not the only times you should avoid brushing your teeth, Manouchehri highlighted these three because they are times in which people desperately want to brush their teeth immediately, she said.

In the mornings, you can be in a rush after eating breakfast — and then reach for your toothbrush.

Manouchehri said that she also doesn’t like the feeling of breakfast still in her mouth, so she has come up with a routine that gives her enough time to enjoy her morning meal and wait the amount of time needed for her pH levels to neutralize.

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As for sweets, she said, that includes anything with sugar, whether it’s a sweet beverage or a decadent dessert.

Sugar is metabolized by bacteria on the teeth, which then creates an acid, Manouchehri said. 

“So, we eat sweets [and] the bacteria on our teeth also feed on that sweet,” Manouchehri said.

Even though you have to wait to brush your teeth, there are still things you can do to alleviate the annoyance of acid residue and speed up the neutralizing process.

Tips to try 

Try alcohol-free mouthwash to rinse everything out, said Manouchehri. This can remove the acidic content from your mouth without damaging your teeth.

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Sugar-free gum is another great alternative because it helps with “saliva production and that saliva naturally is going to help everything just neutralize a bit,” she added.

Dr. Lucynda Raben, DDS, of Wichita, Kansas, agreed with Manouchehri’s advice — but took the tips even further by generalizing it. 

Raben said you should not immediately brush your teeth after “eating, drinking or vomiting.”

“The premise of this doctor is correct. I would, however, probably reframe her statement to [say that] we want to make a change in the timing,” Raben told Fox News Digital.

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“It is still a good idea to brush after eating, but that brushing should be delayed until the pH has returned to a pH of 5.6 or even better to a neutral pH of 7.0,” Raben said.

Raben agreed that these instances feel like the right time to brush because that is what people believed to be true for so long.

Now that more and more research has been done, the effects of acid in the mouth have shown that brushing immediately does more harm than good.

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“This [new] practice is now recommended … because we know of the damage [to teeth]. When the acidity is high, the combination of brushing and the acid can actually wipe away part of the tooth. Just as an acid used in cleaning household fixtures may remove the stain, it will also generally remove the finish,” Raben said.

“The result of brushing in an acid environment is insidious. Doing this occasionally can be tolerated, and the effect is not noticeable,” Raben continued. 

However, if the strong habit is established, she said, “this thinning and weakened tooth structure will show up years later.”

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The Mayo Clinic, on its website, notes the following: “To protect your teeth, don’t brush them right after having food or drinks that contain a lot of acids. Examples include soft drinks, such as soda and sports drinks, sour candies, citrus juices and citrus fruits. The acid in them can soften the enamel.”

It adds, “Brushing too soon after you eat or drink something acidic can take the enamel off your teeth. Wait an hour to brush. During that time, your saliva washes away the acid and the enamel hardens again.”

Among its other dental care tips: 

  • Get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Replace it sooner if the bristles become worn down, bent or broken.
  • Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products.
  • See a dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

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