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Benefits of skipping rinse after brushing and other tips on oral health, by Aisha Musa Auyo


Benefits of skipping rinse after brushing and other tips on oral health, by Aisha Musa Auyo

I know you’ll think I’m obsessed with dental care, the truth is, oral hygiene can never be over emphasized. Oral hygiene is so important in islam that our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said “Were it not a burden upon my nation, I would have ordered them to use the toothstick before every prayer.” Abu Hurairah.

Our first tip is to skip rinse after brushing. It’s not recommended to rinse your teeth after brushing. It’s more beneficial to leave leftover toothpaste on your teeth.

If you’re still rinsing your teeth with water after brushing them, it may be time to stop. There are actually some benefits to leaving that extra bit of toothpaste on your teeth. The norm is to rinse after brushing— some of us even went back over them with a wet toothbrush — to remove any remnants of toothpaste left in my mouth. But doing that isn’t the most effective method of keeping your chompers in good shape.

Instead, spit out as much toothpaste as you can without swishing with water, so you can allow the toothpaste to do its job just a little longer. The expectation is that fluoride is an important ingredient in toothpaste that helps make the enamel harder and more resistant to acids that cause cavities. it’s the most well-established effective ingredient in toothpaste, so make sure yours has fluoride in it.

When you brush your teeth, you’re cleaning any film and bacteria from food and sugary drinks. When you go a step further and skip rinsing, you’re leaving the fluoride from the toothpaste in your mouth for a longer time, giving you a better effect from the fluoride.

Wait at least 15 minutes after brushing to drink water. After brushing your teeth, your saliva will clear the toothpaste out so you won’t taste it all day.
The idea of not rinsing is just an extra step to help the fluoride be even more effective.

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If you typically don’t get cavities, then you should continue using fluoride toothpaste. The decision to rinse or not to rinse after brushing probably won’t make a difference.

On the other hand, for those who struggle with cavities, not rinsing is probably a better decision. Additionally, you should get help from your dentist to find out why you’re getting cavities regularly — for instance, it could be your eating habits, snacking on sugary foods or not brushing your teeth regularly. If you’re at higher risk for cavities, you should do everything you can to help prevent them.

On using mouthwash to rinse teeth after brushing, mouthwashes contain less fluoride than toothpaste, so rinsing with mouthwash right after brushing can wash away the concentrated fluoride from your teeth. Instead, opt for using mouthwash at another time, like after lunch or coffee.

Always use a soft bristle toothbrush, and never medium or hard. Anything but soft can increase the risk of gum recession.

It doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush your teeth, as long as you floss once a day to remove plaque and stuck food.

You don’t have to aggressively brush your teeth to get them clean. While scrubbing your dishes with extra force may make them extra clean, it’s not necessary for your teeth and can also lead to gum recession.
Gently brush along the gum line with a soft bristle brush to help prevent gum disease.

Always consult with your dentist for personalized advice. They understand what your oral health profile looks like.


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  1. Yusuf Nasidi says

    This information on skipping rinse sounds odd, may also be a little bit difficult to practice especially that people are used to full rinse after brushing. However, are there no disadvantages of intake of the toothpaste? If there are, the possibility of not taking in remnants of toothpaste with skipping rinse are very slim. Thank you for your time, energy and resourcefulness.

    1. Neptune Prime says

      Thank you for this feedback.

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