Do you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth?
September 1, 2020
Whenever I brushed my teeth, I used to vigorously rinse my mouth until all the aftertaste of the toothpaste was gone. But, I got to know that it really was not such a great idea after all.
So, to sum up the entire article in short, I would say that it is not a good idea to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth, because it actually washes off the remaining toothbrush that could act as a protective covering.
However, that isn’t to say that there’s a small negative aspect to it as well.
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Do you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth?
If you’re like me, you might also be rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth.
This might seem like a great idea since you want to get rid of the toothpaste and the aftertaste that comes after the first round of rinsing, but it really isn’t such a great idea in the wrong run.
Because it actually washes off the fluoride that is supposed to stay there as a protective covering for your teeth. Toothpaste is made in such a way that you can actually eat it without any problems, and that’s precisely because of the fact that it’s intended to be left behind there. Quoting Electric Teeth,
The primary reason that this advice is given is explained by Dr Nigel Carter – CEO of Oral Health Foundation.
“Rinsing our mouth with water is very bad for our teeth as it washes away the protective fluoride left behind by brushing.”
“Fluoride is the single-most important ingredient in toothpaste. It greatly helps oral health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. It also reduces the amount of acid that the bacteria on your teeth produce”
“By spitting toothpaste out then not rinsing with water it ensures that the fluoride found in the majority of toothpastes will remain on the teeth and continue to be effective.”
Don’t worry if you’ve been doing otherwise though- it’s more natural than you think!
Well, if you’ve been doing otherwise so far, don’t worry- most people do the same thing!
It has actually been seen that more than 6 out of 10 people actually rinse after they are done brushing. Quoting DamonRJohnson,
After brushing your teeth, you should be spitting out the toothpaste, not rinsing then spitting. If the fact that you’re not supposed to rinse your mouth after brushing comes as a big shock, don’t feel bad. This is a very understandable misconception. From what we can tell, patients think of toothpaste like soap: something that aids in the removal of debris then gets washed away. But toothpaste isn’t like that for one very important cavity-preventing reason: fluoride.
So, while it’s perfectly natural for you to have felt that way, you might want to stop doing that now since you know how things really stand.
What you want to do instead, is keep your toothpaste over there so that it can protect your teeth for even longer and help you keep up your beautiful smile in the entirety of its flawlessness.
Do you rinse your mouth after using Mouthwash?
A lot of people are in the habit of actually rinsing their mouth with water once they’ve used their mouthwash.
While this might often seem like a good idea because it gives you a little more relief from the burning sensation that some mouthwashes leave you with, it really isn’t.
This is not a good idea because the mouthwash actually has quite a bit of work that it does even after you have spit it out.
So, unless you want to miss out on the rest of the job that the Mouthwash is actually intended to do, it is really recommended that you do not rinse your mouth with water after using mouthwash.
Tooth Advocates has already prepared an entire article for you about this detailing the main reasons as to why you might want to avoid rinsing your mouth with water after using a mouthwash- click here to check out our article right here at Tooth Advocates!
Is Brushing Your teeth once a day enough?
If you’re anything like me, you might often feel too lazy to brush your teeth as well. If that’s the case, you might often have actually ended up skipping brushing your teeth once a day.
Did you do that?
Did you end up getting cavities?
If you didn’t then you got really lucky. And if you did, don’t worry, that was pretty much bound to happen.
The main reason behind this is that while plaque takes more than 24 hours to build-up and brushing only once a day is enough to be safe from that, cavities can happen much quicker, and one missed brushing could be enough to start a cavity!
So, Tooth Advocates has done the research and prepared an entire article for you about this specific topic already- click here to check it out!
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Thank you for taking your time to read our article till the very end. I really hope that you found the information that you were looking for and that you would be able to put it to use in your brushing experience.
Honestly, I’d consider my work writing this article a success if only it could make your brushing experience the slightest bit better and more effective in the long run.
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Hoping to see you again on our next article, Tooth Advocates wishes you a great day and takes your leave!