Once you are done brushing your teeth, what do you do next? Some people take their mouthwash and rinse their mouth out to get rid of the extra toothpaste flavor.
However, others rinse their mouth out with water first.
This can actually do more harm than good. If you want to help your teeth remain strong and healthy, you may want to cut the water rinse out of your oral hygiene routine.
But I Thought Water Was Good for My Teeth?
This is true. Water is good for your teeth. However, you want to put it in your mouth when it isn't going to hurt your teeth. If you rinse your mouth out with water right after brushing, then you are rinsing off the benefits that your toothpaste was giving your mouth.
When you brush your teeth, they get coated with fluoride. This helps your teeth keep tooth decay at bay by forming a film over your teeth. When you rinse that off of your teeth, they become more likely to succumb to tooth decay over time.
The best way to combat this is to continue to rinse your mouth after brushing, but do it with the right liquid. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash that contains fluoride to rinse your teeth off.
This gets the extra toothpaste out of your mouth, without leaving your teeth exposed to problems. Plus, the anti-microbial effects of the mouthwash quickly rush to any area of your mouth that your toothbrush may have missed.
Talk to your dentist about your current oral hygiene routine and see if they have any tips on getting even better oral health out of what you are currently doing. They may be able to suggest a few little things that can make your routine even better for your mouth.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (408) 669-5400 today.