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Don't wet your toothbrush before cleaning: the reason is named

Alina MilsentLife
Experts advise against wetting the toothbrush before cleaning

There is one common morning ritual that almost everyone does: wetting the toothbrush before starting to brush. The procedure is unchanged: take the brush, dip it for a second under a stream of water, put on toothpaste, and start the process.

But experts say that you don't need to wet your brush before brushing your teeth. Sante Plus magazine has shared the main reasons why.

Why it is not advisable to wet your toothbrush

To maintain oral health, you need to brush your teeth several times a day. It is believed that by wetting the brush and making it softer, you can prevent damage and bleeding of the gums.

According to an expert group of dentists, dry brushing would be much more effective against plaque and tartar. It is indeed the best way to deeply clean your teeth and eliminate bacteria. What's more, it turns out that this way you can get rid of bad breath. Brushing your teeth without adding water is better at fighting halitosis.

So, dentists recommend a very specific ritual: first, do a deep dry brushing, and then brush your teeth again, with toothpaste. This will help you get that pleasant feeling of freshness. After that, you need to rinse your mouth with a fluoride rinse.

Dry brushing is also beneficial for children, so it should be taught to them from an early age. Kids need to use a dry toothbrush to further remove plaque, tartar, and food debris stuck between the teeth. This also avoids the risk of swallowing toothpaste.

This method is also recommended by experts at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. You should also remember to floss before or after brushing your teeth.

How to brush your teeth properly

1. It is recommended to brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes. Divide the time between the upper and lower teeth on the left and right.

2. Tilt the toothbrush.

"The bristles should be directed towards the gums where they meet the teeth, i.e. to the junction where plaque and tartar accumulate. The bristles shouldn't be perpendicular to your teeth, at a 90-degree angle, but rather angled, at a 45-degree angle," says Dr. Jiang, a professor at Harvard Dental School.

3. Brush your teeth in a circular motion as well to remove food debris stuck near the gum line.

4. Do not press too hard while brushing, otherwise you risk irritating or even injuring your gums.

5. Do not forget to brush your tongue.

6. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about famous people who made imperfect teeth their specialty. 

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