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Personal hygiene is very important – particularly oral healthcare. We think we know all the important things to do to keep our teeth healthy, such as brushing and flossing, but we might actually be doing something wrong.

As it turns out, when you rinse after brushing your teeth, you might be washing away the fluoride that keeps your teeth healthy.

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Most of us will usually rinse after we brush our teeth in order to get rid of any lingering toothpaste. However, it turns out that we probably shouldn’t do that right away since it also rinses away the fluoride.

According to the Oral Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Carter, dentist and CEO of the foundation, shared, “Fluoride is the single most important ingredient in toothpaste. It greatly helps oral health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. It also reduces the amount of acid that the bacteria on your teeth produce.”

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Rather than rinse your mouth straight away, many experts suggest waiting. Spit out the excess toothpaste, but then don’t rinse.

Many people also have a habit of using mouthwash to rinse after brushing their teeth – and this is also a bad idea. As it turns out, while mouthwash might have some fluoride in it, it doesn’t have nearly as much fluoride as toothpaste, which is why the UK’s National Health Service actually advises against using mouthwash after brushing teeth.

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Instead, they advise that people use mouthwash at different stages throughout the day, such as after eating food.

Did you know about not rinsing your teeth after brushing them? Let us know!

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