Why you should not rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth

We all know the advice for healthy teeth — brush twice daily and don’t eat too much sugar. So why do those of us following these instructions find we sometimes need a filling when we visit the dentist? One thing you may be doing wrong: rinsing after brushing. Don’t do it. Once you’ve brushed, don’t rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash — you’re washing away the fluoride. This can be a difficult habit to break, but can reduce tooth decay by up to 25%.


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