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Is Rinsing Your Teeth After Brushing Beneficial or Detrimental?
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Posted on 8/20/2018 by Sean Saghatchi
It is a habit learned at an early age. After you brush your teeth, you take a little water, run it around your mouth and spit it out.
The goal is to get rid of any toothpaste left after brushing and help reduce that minty taste in your mouth. It is something you probably do without thinking. The question is, should you think about whether this is the right thing to do.
Why You Should Not Rinse
The first side of the argument looks at the reasons that rinsing is not a good idea. You use toothpaste when you brush your teeth. Toothpaste often has fluoride and other ingredients that are good for the teeth. If you rinse your mouth out after brushing, you are actually rinsing out those ingredients that can benefit your teeth. If you don't rinse, the fluoride remains in the mouth and the result is healthier, cleaner teeth.
Why You Should Rinse
The flip side to the argument gives reasons that rinsing is the right thing to do. Toothpaste left in your mouth will get into your stomach. It is possible that this toothpaste can irritate your gums and can upset your stomach or cause other problems. The solution to this is to rinse out the extra toothpaste after brushing.
Both of these arguments make valid points, but they do not answer the question of whether to rinse or not. The answer is up to the individual. If you do decide to rinse, make sure you are brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes to give the fluoride the chance to work.
It is also a good idea to use less toothpaste whether you choose to rinse or not. Anyone that is at a higher risk of cavities should probably avoid rinsing to get the most out of the fluoride in the toothpaste. Take some time to figure out which is best for you.
If you have questions about how to care for your teeth call (949) 574-0100, to contact the dental professionals at our offices today.
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