Should You Rinse After Brushing?

Should you rinse after brushing?

You may be surprised to learn that rinsing your mouth with water after brushing can remove beneficial fluoride. You shouldn’t swallow your toothpaste, but rinsing with as little water as possible can be good for your teeth. Here’s how to protect your teeth with fluoride at home.

Don’t Rinse All the Toothpaste Out

Some refer to this as a “slurry”. It essentially means using very little water, then spitting out what remains. This will leave a small amount of toothpaste on your teeth. It’s probably most comfortable to do this before bed, so the fluoride can sit on your teeth as your sleeping. Keeping some fluoride on your teeth will make them stronger. The fluoride will protect your teeth from cavities.

Use a Fluoride Rinse

If you can’t stand the gritty feeling of toothpaste on your teeth, then perhaps a fluoride rinse is the best option for you. One popular, dentist-recommended brand is ACT; this fluoride rinse comes in many different varieties, including bubblegum, fruit punch, braces care, and other flavors made specially for kids. There are several anti-cavity, enamel-strengthening options for adults, too.

Get a Fluoride Treatment with Dr. Gallagher!

You can also get a professional fluoride treatment at Overland Park Family Dental! Fluoride treatments can actually help reverse early stages of tooth decay. It is safe and effective for all ages.

Do you want a fluoride treatment for yourself or for your family? Call Overland Park Family Dental today to book an appointment, or you may request an appointment online.