Can you Drink Water After you Brush your Teeth?

Posted on: April 16, 2018

TeethYou might find yourself wondering if it is okay to drink water after you brush your teeth. It a rather common question since many people find themselves drinking water or other beverages shortly after brushing.


The answer to the question is "no." You should not be drinking water or anything else immediately after brushing. Matter of fact, dental experts all over the world are still debating whether you should even rinse your mouth with water after brushing. Those who claim you should not rinse your mouth after you brush your teeth point to the fact that fluoride from the toothpaste is washed away when you rinse.

However, there is enough scientific data to prove this has a significant effect on the health of your teeth. What we do know is that the longer fluoride stays on your teeth, the better its re-mineralizing effects on your enamel.

What to do if you often find yourself thirsty after brushing

If you are one of those people who wake up with a thirst, you would be better off drinking some water before brushing your teeth. This way, your thirst is quenched, and you don’t have to worry about washing the fluoride from your toothpaste away.

Whether you should rinse your mouth at all after brushing your teeth with toothpaste depends on your current oral health and oral care routine.

For example, if you are susceptible to tooth decay and end up with your share of cavities, you would be better off leaving the toothpaste on your teeth for as long as possible since you need all the protection you can get. However, if you regularly use a mouthwash that contains fluoride, it is okay to rinse the toothpaste away since you still get a fluoride treatment from the mouthwash.

If you already have good oral hygiene habits and you have never really had an issue with tooth-decay, it is okay to rinse off the toothpaste after brushing since your teeth not susceptible to decay.

Two tips:

Here are two other things you can do to make sure your teeth are getting all the minerals they require to remain healthy:

1. Drink fluoridated water

Water is really good for your health, and it is also good for your teeth. Water has cleaning properties as it helps to wash away food particles that are stuck in your teeth. Water also helps to wash away the acids that form when bacteria start breaking down these particles.

Nowadays, most drinking water is fluoridated, so it is also a decent way to ensure your teeth are getting enough fluoride which strengthens their enamel.

2. Consume milk and other dairy products

Consuming dairy products is good for your oral health. Milk contains calcium, which is vital for strong teeth and bones. These dairy products also contain proteins that help to strengthen and protect your enamel.

What more tips on how to properly take care of your teeth? Contact North Tampa Dentistry and take control of your oral health.

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