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A TikTok dentist warns against this common oral health pattern.
Oral hygiene usually works as follows: brush your teeth, sometimes floss, and sometimes use mouthwash. Keeping up with these two steps is a sign of a careful person, but doing all three means that your dental health is taken seriously. According to this TikTok, using mouthwash after brushing your teeth is not the best idea.
The video was made by Anna Peterson, a London-based dentist. He suggests using mouthwash after eating or before brushing your teeth, but not after brushing your teeth.
She explains that toothpaste has a higher fluoride count than mouthwash. If you use mouthwash right after the brush, wash off the fluoride and reduce your protection from food and drink. Mouthwash fluoride is not able to protect teeth from sugar and other harmful agents.
Flouride is very beneficial for teeth. It helps rebuild weakened enamel, reverses caries, prevents the growth of harmful bacteria and slows down the natural loss of minerals. You want to keep it in your teeth for as long as possible.
While many people like mouthwash for how convenient it is to use, it does not provide the same protection as toothpaste. Mouthwash is a good complement to keep your breath fresh and prevent various diseases, but it won’t make or break your oral hygiene routine.
Another rule of mouth hygiene that you need to keep in mind is the timing of the brushes. Do not use a mouthwash before eating or brushing your teeth right after eating. While using mouthwash before eating is nonsense and will only ensure that your food tastes like toothpaste, brushing after eating is common and can be bad for you. Digestion begins in the mouth and creates an acidic environment that can weaken the enamel and damage it.
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