Most toothpastes protect teeth from decay with fluoride and various other active ingredients. Your dentist will also tell you to brush at least twice a day.

Now, dental experts suggest that instead of rinsing your mouth after brushing you should allow some of the toothpaste to remain on your teeth so that the active ingredients have time to work. If you want to maintain your smile you might need to correct your tooth-brushing routine.

Key messagesL:

– Spit excess toothpaste out after brushing

– Don’t rinse the toothpaste out of your mouth with water

– A small amount of toothpaste should remain on your teeth

A great smile starts with good oral hygiene. Your dentist can talk to you about correct brushing techniques.

“If you rinse your mouth immediately after brushing, it will wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste, diluting it and reducing its preventative effects“.



Dr. Matthew Thomas BDS Wales (1996)

Dr. Thomas was born and brought up in Bridgend. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine and Dentistry, qualified in 1996, and pursued dental VT training in LlantwitVardre 1996-97. Dr. Thomas held associate positions in Rhondda Valley. In 1999, he purchased Marlborough Dental Practice.

Dr. Thomas is interested in all aspects of dentistry including clear orthodontics (he is qualified to fit Invisalign, Inman, Six Month Smiles, Cfast, SmileTru) and dental implants.

He was a keen rugby player for local clubs in Bridgend and Cardiff Meds where he was Captain for two seasons. He also was a keen sportsperson playing county tennis, football, swimming, cycling, running, judo (until his knees fell apart and needed reconstructions!).

Now, Dr. Thomas rides his mountain bike regularly, and occasionally a road bike, plus he skis and enjoys time with his family, including two daughters and two dogs.