Why shouldn't you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth?

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The question may seem silly. It's true, rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth is for many a gesture of hygiene, of comfort. Everyone does it. Nevertheless this practice is in fact a bad habit. It does absolutely no service to your teeth!     
 
Here is a guide that will explain why you should not rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth.

1) Your toothpaste will lose its effectiveness

Toothpaste contains fluoride. This is a chemical element that protects teeth, strengthens tooth enamel and thus prevents cavities. But in order for it to do its job, the fluoride must not be removed from your mouth! So even the two minutes of brushing with a traditional toothbrush recommended by dentists is not enough. This is why it is not recommended to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth. This would remove much of the fluoride, and with it its benefits. So, breaking this habit can be a good way for you, if you are particularly prone to cavities, to be less so.

It is also important to have an effective toothpaste to start with. You can opt for the Y-Brush toothpaste in a tube with fluoride. It is a toothpaste made in France which has a fluoride content of 1450 ppm which is the dosage recommended by the French Union of Oral Health. It allows to reinforce effectively the dental enamel, to fight against the formation of cavities, to fight the dental plaque and to act against the bacteria. Its transparent and fluid paste allows a more effective and fast brush washing.

2) Rinsing with mouthwash is more effective

 Replacing water with mouthwash is becoming increasingly popular. Even though the fluoride concentration in mouthwash is much lower than in toothpaste, it is still a very effective technique. In fact, some mouthwashes contain fluoride. They attack bacteria that can lodge anywhere in the mouth on the roof of the mouth and mouth walls, on the gums, on the teeth and between the teeth. It also helps prevent plaque and gingivitis; these are the bacteria that form plaque and can cause gum infections. It also helps fight tooth decay.

3) Using a dental jet is particularly effective

Opting for a mechanical rinse is particularly effective. Rinsing should be done with small cheek movements that increase the pressure before spitting out. If you don't have a toothbrush, you can do this until you don't see any residue falling into the sink. You can then complete the process by using a simple dental jet, which is a mechanical system that fits on the faucet and pulses water between the teeth. It is possible to select a power level. The goal is to remove the residues left after brushing. You must use warm water and direct the jet perpendicular to the tooth by putting the handle horizontally.

4) Other things to avoid as well

Eating sugar

Eating too much sugar will promote the appearance of tooth decays. Indeed, it is important not to exceed the 30 grams of daily sugar intake which is the equivalent of 8 teaspoons. It is also important to pay attention to the frequency with which you eat sugar. Indeed, they do not support more than a consumption of 4 sugary foods per day because it constitutes an acid attack for the teeth.

Eating and drinking the wrong foods or drinks


Brushing your teeth to remove dental plaque that promotes cavities is not always enough. Indeed, bacteria take advantage of the slightest food residue to create acid attacks. It is therefore particularly ideal not to eat or drink anything but water after brushing your teeth before going to bed. Also, by not rinsing your mouth, you allow the fluoride to work for a maximum of time. 

We hope this guide has helped you understand the important role fluoride plays in the health of your teeth. We hope you've learned that using a mouthwash is a good alternative to spitting out your toothpaste a few minutes after brushing. On the other hand, using a dental spray is even more effective than a mouthwash. It is also important to avoid eating sugar or drinking the wrong foods or beverages so that the toothpaste remains perfectly effective. 

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