The One Mistake We Make In Brushing Our Teeth

January 31, 2020

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Brushing your teeth is pretty basic. You apply toothpaste on our toothbrush, do a gentle circular motion around our mouth, repeat on the inside surfaces, spit and rinse. However, this brushing method is partly wrong.  According to the Oral Health Foundation, you should delay your rinse for a few minutes to maximize the health benefits of fluoride (found in most toothpastes) that is used to strengthen tooth enamel. Rinsing after spitting your toothpaste will wash away the concentrated fluoride and reduce its preventative effects. Fluoride in toothpaste has contributed to the decrease in the number of missing or decaying teeth in children in the U.S. (68 percent for 12-year-olds) from the late 1960s through the early 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, it’s role in preserving good oral hygiene is vital. Most dentist recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes to make sure that all surfaces are covered and that the fluoride has a chance to coat the enamel.

SOURCE: The Healthy

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