For some, brushing is a difficult chore, whereas for others, brushing twice or more is an integral part of the daily routine. It is however common for most people to rinse their teeth with water after they are done brushing. Is it beneficial to rinse after brushing? Or does it have the opposite effect? Well, we have the answer.
Growing up, most of us have had the same routine for brushing our teeth: brush, spit, rinse.
A lot of people choose to rinse after brushing their teeth because they don’t want to have any toothpaste left over in their mouths. Some simply do it because they were taught to do so. As common as it is to rinse your mouth after brushing, it may not be the best thing for your teeth and dental hygiene experts say it isn’t always recommended.
The effects of rinsing after brushing.
The active ingredient in most toothpastes is a mineral called fluoride. When you brush, fluoride coats the teeth and protects against things that causes tooth decay. When you rinse after brushing, you are prematurely washing out the fluoride that is actively working on your teeth. Not rinsing it out with water will allow the fluoride to be effective and provides the greatest benefit.
Flossing before brushing.
The next time you’re brushing your teeth, try switching up your routine. As research have discovered, flossing before brushing has some lasting benefits. Flossing is an effective way to loosen food debris and particles that are stuck between your teeth. After flossing, brush your teeth as usual and try not to rinse with water or use mouthwash. If you do need to use mouthwash, experts suggest you wait at least 10 minutes after brushing to get the full benefits of fluoride from your toothpaste.
Steps to ensure good dental hygiene.
- Use a soft-bristled brush and try not to brush too many times a day. Twice a day is enough.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or when you notice the bristles are wearing out.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Keep up with your appointments with the dentist to ensure that your teeth and gums are looking healthy.
- Make sure you use a good toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Avoid eating or drinking for 10 minutes or more after brushing is done.
Remember that the most important thing is that you practice good oral hygiene every day.