Should You Rinse Your Mouth After Brushing Your Teeth?

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Rinsing After Brushing: Should You Do It?

Family brushing teethMany different things go into achieving meticulous oral health. At a minimum, we recommend visiting your dentist for a professional clean twice a year. Plus, you should be brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day.

Confusion regarding suitable oral hygiene techniques is not uncommon. People sometimes question whether you should rinse your mouth out immediately after brushing. If you’ve been rinsing your mouth out after brushing for your entire life, you’ve been doing it wrong. Despite the common belief that you should rinse, rinsing out toothpaste is a definite no-no. Here’s why.

Rinsing Gets Rid of Fluoride

Rinsing right after brushing is a mistake for one major reason. Most toothpastes include fluoride, a natural mineral. Fluoride has the ability to defend the teeth from tooth decay. If you rinse your mouth out immediately after brushing, that means that you’re actually rinsing away invaluable tooth protection. This can make your teeth more susceptible to sugar, bacteria, acid and plaque. These can all bring on unpleasant cavities.

Fluoride Can Help People of All Different Age Groups

Fluoride can keep cavities away in individuals of all age groups. To understand why fluoride is so useful, it’s important to look more closely into how it works.

It stops the decaying of teeth by making enamel deconstruction slow down significantly. It boosts remineralisation speed as well (with the emergence of fresh enamel crystals that are markedly tougher in texture). This ensures your teeth are a lot less vulnerable to the undesirable effects of acid. Plaque that resides on top of the teeth is capable of manufacturing acids that make their way deep down into enamel and introduce structural havoc. This whole thing is referred to as ‘demineralisation.”

Demineralisation can encourage the emergence of small tooth sections that can turn into cavities. If you fail to address vulnerable tooth parts, cavity development is practically inevitable. Fluoride is capable of giving power to particularly delicate sections of the teeth. It’s capable of giving power to roots that are visible, too. If you wish to reap the rewards that are linked to fluoride toothpaste use, you should refrain from rinsing out once you’ve finished brushing. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old habit you have. It’s something you should change as soon as possible.

Try to Use a Mouthwash With Fluoride, Too

MouthwashThere’s another thing you can do in conjunction with refraining from rinsing after brushing your teeth.

You can also use a mouthwash that contains fluoride at a separate point in the day to brushing. This kind of mouthwash can provide you with invaluable cavity defense. If you want to do anything and everything you can to keep tooth decay, cavities and dental concerns in general out of your life, we recommend mouthwashes by any of the major dental brands like Oral-B, Colgate or Listerine.

Get in Touch With 123 Dental

If you want further information regarding intelligent brushing and oral health practices, the exceptional 123 Dental team can accommodate you. Schedule an appointment with our friendly and professional dental clinic today!

Dr. Jack Brazel
Dr. Jack Brazel

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