Dentists advise against rinsing and using mouthwash after brushing
As many people set out to boost their health in the months ahead, dentists are urging patients to avoid rinsing and using mouthwash after brushing.
Many of us are conditioned to rinse after brushing, but dentists actually advise against doing this, as it can remove fluoride from the mouth. Fluoride is a mineral, which is often added to toothpaste. It is known to strengthen the enamel, lowering the risk of dental decay. Rinsing with water after brushing and using mouthwash directly after cleaning your teeth can eliminate fluoride, preventing you from enjoying its oral health benefits.
In addition to giving up rinsing, dentists also advise brushing twice a day with an electric toothbrush and flossing on a regular basis. When brushing, angle the head of the brush to cover the gum line, and be gentle. If you brush too hard, this can erode the enamel, increasing the risk of sensitivity and decay. It’s also crucial to avoid brushing straight after eating. When you eat, your enamel softens for a short period of time, and brushing can weaken the enamel. It’s best to wait around 45-60 minutes.
Flossing is often overlooked, but it plays an important role in targeting areas that are inaccessible or can easily be missed with a brush. Flossing is particularly beneficial for cleaning the gaps between the teeth. Another option is to use inter-dental brushes, which are available from your dentist.