Rinsing your teeth before or after brushing?

Questions often arise in relation to the hygiene of our mouth and the care of our teeth. Rinsing your teeth before or after brushing may be one of them.

This is probably not the first question you may have about the care and maintenance of your mouth. For example, another common one is when should I floss my teeth - before or after brushing?

Here we will help you to answer these questions and become a professional in maintaining the health of your mouth. With these simple tips, you'll be able to show off a bright smile to the world.

Rinse your teeth: Always after brushing

Brushing your teeth and specifically the mechanical action it exerts to remove bacterial plaque is fundamental and irreplaceable.

A metaphor widely used in the world of preventive dental education is that when we clean our house, first we sweep and then we scrub, but we never scrub on a dirty surface.

Probably by wetting that debris, you would create more dirt or leave the surface to be cleaned in the same state in which you found it.

Rinse, elixir, or mouthwash

By these names, we can know the product known as maouthwash. A mouthwash is nothing more than a liquid with a specific, non-toxic composition, which, when used for a few seconds in the mouth and then spat out, acts on the hard and soft tissues in the mouth.

It acts on the biofilm that is adhered to the surfaces of the mouth and helps to protect us from future pathologies such as caries or gingivitis.

It often has an active ingredient in its formula that can provide added benefit. Potassium salts, cetylpyridinium chloride, seawater, essential oils, or triclosan may be some of these active ingredients that can improve its formula.

You should also pay special attention if your mouthwash contains chlorhexidine, which should be used under the instructions of your dental professional and for a limited period of time. Or if it contains alcohol, in which case the use of this type of product is not recommended.

The order of actions to clean your mouth in a movie theatre

In what order and when should you use each product, before or after? Something that must be emphasized is the implementation of a daily habit with routines and always try to follow it by using the recommended products.

The first step is to use dental floss or interdentals. You should clean and remove any food debris from the interdental spaces. Food debris can be deposited in the gaps between the teeth, as well as in the gum line.

If you use a dental irrigator, you should use the device on the surface of the teeth for the same purpose.

The second step is to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. You should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes and with the correct brushing technique. A good toothbrushing technique will eliminate bacterial plaque and prevent lesions.

One of the most frequent lesions is a gingival recession caused by the use of extremely hard toothbrushes and incorrect toothbrush movements over time. Gingival recession can cause tooth sensitivity by exposing the necks of the teeth.

Another recommendation that is often ignored is to spit out the foam generated with toothpaste during brushing without rinsing with water. In this way, we will benefit from the remineralizing effect of fluoride.

Once we spit out the foam, we should use our rinse at the end. Try to make the liquid move with the pressure of our cheeks, reaching all surfaces for about 30 seconds. Then we should spit the liquid into the sink.

It is important not to keep the contents of the mouthwash in the mouth for more than 30 seconds, as keeping it in the mouth for longer can cause unwanted effects such as irritation of the mucous membrane and soft tissues of the mouth.

Now that you know all the tips for a good oral hygiene routine, we recommend you take a look at this article on how to choose the right mouthwash.


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