Oral Hygiene: Why You Shouldn’t Rinse Your Mouth After Brushing

Written by on April 12, 2023

Did you know that rinsing your mouth with water right after brushing your teeth can reduce the cleaning power of the toothpaste? According to Dr. Chiquita Forrester, a guest on the Women EmPOWERment programme, it’s best to wait at least 15 to 20 minutes after brushing before rinsing. By doing so, you allow the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste to continue fighting tooth decay.

Dr. Forrester, along with Kevin Cadogan, owner of Smile 592 Dental Studio, shared valuable oral hygiene tips on the show. They stressed the importance of flossing to remove food particles stuck between teeth, using a soft toothbrush to avoid wearing away the enamel, and following the “two by two rule” – brushing for two minutes, twice a day.

Regular visits to the dentist are also crucial for maintaining good oral health. Dr. Forrester recommends visiting the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. It’s also important not to self-diagnose or self-medicate any suspected dental or oral issues – visit the dentist to be sure.

Furthermore, it’s essential to be mindful of what you consume. Acidic drinks like coffee and sugary foods can damage teeth if consumed in excess. Children should also be taken to the dentist from as early as one year old to establish good oral hygiene habits and detect any potential issues early on.

In conclusion, maintaining good oral hygiene involves more than just brushing your teeth twice a day. By following these tips from Dr. Forrester and Kevin Cadogan, you can keep your teeth healthy and strong for years to come. Remember not to rinse your mouth right after brushing, and wait at least 15 to 20 minutes for the fluoride in the toothpaste to do its job.

The Women EmPOWERment programme powered through EdYou FM is committed to educating and empowering women and men alike, and providing a platform for experts to share their knowledge and experience. Dr. Chiquita Forrester and Kevin Cadogan provided valuable oral hygiene tips on the show, emphasizing the importance of regular check-ups, flossing, and using a soft toothbrush.

Tune in to Women EmPOWERment on EdYOU FM every Tuesday from 6pm-8pm, for more expert advice on health, wellness, and empowerment.


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