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How Rinsing with a Mouthwash After Brushing Benefits Your Teeth


Posted on 3/10/2020 by Lemond Hunter
How Rinsing with a Mouthwash After Brushing Benefits Your TeethThere are many times a lot of different options when it comes to the various little tips and hacks to how you can better care for your oral health. Sometimes these suggestions are valid and rooted in science and research.

Other times they are nothing more than old wives' tales and offer no real benefit. And sometimes they are the result of trial and error. Such is the case as to what the best hygiene practices are following a meal. Although some people may prefer to floss or chew gum after eating, the two main schools of thought among dental professionals has always been between brushing and rinsing. Here is what we found:

Better than Brushing?

For years, the general consensus among most dentists was that brushing immediately following a meal was the most beneficial way to ensure a fresh, clean mouth after eating. But in recent years that concept has become less accepted as research has continued to show why this may not be the case. Studies have shown that brushing too soon after meals can actually do more harm than good.

How Rinsing Is Proving to Be the Better Choice

This has led to the realization that using a mouthwash following mealtime is a more effective option as it can help to loosen and remove food particles without scraping them abrasively against the teeth and gums. It is now suggested that brushing should not take place sooner than thirty minutes after eating.

Understanding proper oral hygiene habits is the first step in making sure that your overall dental health is where it needs to be. To find out more information, simply get in touch with our office whenever it is convenient, we are available to assist you with any issues that you may have.

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