Should You Rinse After Brushing?
When you brush your teeth with toothpaste, be sure to spit out your toothpaste but not rinse your mouth afterward. The toothpaste has to have contact with your tooth over a long period of time for it to work and for the chemicals inside the toothpaste to actually have the benefits. Make sure that you don’t use mouthwash straight after as well. You can use mouthwash but that’s a different time to brush your teeth. This way you get the best benefits from your toothpaste and your mouthwash.
When you rinse your mouth after using your toothpaste, you’re actually removing the fluoride and all the goodness of the toothpaste away from your mouth. If you don’t rinse your mouth out, just spit the excess toothpaste out and leave the rest of the toothpaste in contact with your teeth, you’ll have greater benefits from using that toothpaste.
After you’ve brushed your teeth, try and leave it at least half an hour before you have anything to eat or drink. That way you’ve got the best chance of the toothpaste having a good effect on your teeth. The other thing I’d recommend is that if you brush your teeth at nighttime, try to brush them last thing at night. Then you go straight to bed and don’t have anything to eat or drink afterward. That way you’ve left the toothpaste contacting your teeth for the longest period of time.
When To Use Mouthwash
If you have a really good oral hygiene routine, you don’t necessarily need to use a mouthwash. If you do decide to use a mouthwash, it’s generally good to use one with fluoride in there. When you use your mouthwash, try not to use it straight after brushing your teeth. Once you brush your teeth with toothpaste, spit out, don’t rinse out, and leave that toothpaste contacting your teeth for a long period of time. So if you want to use your mouthwash, leave it at least half an hour before you decide to use a mouthwash. It’s generally good advice to use your mouthwash at separate times when you brush your teeth.
You don’t necessarily need to use a premium mouthwash. Any mouthwash with fluoride in will do. There are some mouthwashes that contain alcohol and some that are specialized for gum care or for dry mouths. Depending on which condition you have, it may be good to see your dentists and they might be able to recommend you the correct mouthwash to use.