Do I Need to Rinse My Mouth with Water After I Brush?

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If you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, you’re on the right track toward a top-notch oral hygiene routine and a strong and healthy smile. But did you know there is one little thing you can do to improve your brushing routine and help your teeth? Well, it’s true, and your dentist, Dr. Joyce Bahng, is happy to tell you what that is: Don’t rinse your mouth with water after you brush your teeth in the morning.

This is a little task that can help you have stronger and healthier teeth. This is because if you don’t rinse your mouth with water, the fluoride toothpaste will sit on the enamel for a longer period of time. This gives the fluoride the chance to dive into the teeth and strengthen and nourish the shell, which can help prevent tooth decay and enamel erosion. So, when you get done brushing in the morning, just spit out the extra paste and let the remaining paste sit on the teeth for at least 30 minutes. Make sure not to eat or drink during this time. Now, you don’t need to worry about doing this during your night routine because you’ll floss your teeth and rinse your mouth, which can further help your smile.

Do you have any questions about how to take advantage of fluoride toothpaste in Sterling, Virginia? If so, please contact JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center today at 703-444-4188 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by giving you the answers you’re looking for. We look forward to your phone call!