When brushing our teeth, many of us perform a counterproductive action to oral hygiene.
Is brushing your teeth a more complex ritual than it seems? Recommendations have changed significantly over the years. Brushing your teeth can become a chore if you want to follow your dentist’s or other dental professional’s instructions. By the way, experts recommend that many of us break a particular habit.
Rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth
If you practice exemplary oral hygiene, you probably know you shouldn’t brush your teeth right after eating (and certainly not in the shower). Since this is counterproductive, waiting about 30 minutes afterward is better. Colgate explains:
Foods that contain citric acid, such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, weaken tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth right after eating such foods can damage weakened enamel.
So you’ve waited 30 minutes, got yourself a soft toothbrush to not stress the gums too much, and finally performed this particular ritual (it’s best to brush with your weaker hand). After brushing your teeth for two minutes (not forgetting the corners), spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth before moving on to other things. If your dentist could see this, they would smile kindly in your face with their perfect smile because you just made a mistake brushing your teeth.
The importance of fluorine in toothpaste
When you rinse your mouth with water, everything in the toothpaste is rinsed out. Certain substances like fluoride continue to work against tartar, acid or plaque even after brushing.
Of course, your mouth should not be full of toothpaste, and you can or should spit out the excess. And if the thought of toothpaste irritates you, you can also rinse your mouth with mouthwash. This also contains substances that can act after rinsing.
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