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“.