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Should Water Be Mixed with Toothpaste When Brushing?

Posted on 7/7/2015 by Robert Leale
A toothbrush with water and tooth paste on it.There are several ways to get a clean, fresh feeling from brushing your teeth. You can change out the toothbrush, change the type of toothpaste you use, or brush your teeth after eating anything. When you brush your teeth the proper way it can be more effective than any other method of teeth whitening and plaque removal.

Mixing water into something such as mouth wash or toothpaste can cause it to become diluted. It may lose some or most of its effect on the teeth. This can make brushing or rinsing a waste of time, energy, and money. Mixing water and toothpaste is never recommended as it could possibly lessen the effectiveness of the toothpaste. However, some people use water in their brushing routine after applying the toothpaste to their toothbrush.

People do this for several different reasons including:

•  To help moisten the toothbrush so that the paste bubbles up and creates enough foam to clean the entire mouth.
•  To keep the paste from falling off of the toothbrush. When the toothpaste falls off onto your clothes or into the sink, you are wasting money. No one likes to waste money, so a sure way to keep the paste on is to wet it after putting it on the toothbrush.
•  Some people choose to rinse their toothbrush before and after applying the toothpaste. Although there are no real effects of this besides making sure there are no bacteria on the bristles before brushing.

Adding water to your toothpaste could dilute it and cause it not to have as much of an effect on your teeth as it would if the water was not added. So if you are one of the many that like to run their toothbrush under water after applying the toothpaste, be sure it's only for a brief second. Using too much water could create problems with your teeth, such as swishing around the bacteria instead of killing it or washing it away.

Adding Water
Do you add water into your mouth rinse? Some people may prefer to add water to dilute it, but this is taking away from the effectiveness of the mouth rinse. Adding water to your diet is a great thing to do and it can even help to improve your teeth if it contains fluoride, however, adding too much fluoride to your diet can cause you to experience stomach pains and other conditions that come from an over intake of fluoride.

After brushing your teeth, you should rinse your mouth out with fresh water. This will gather up any remaining toothpaste. Once you have swished the water around in your mouth, spit it out into the sink or a cup that is used for that purpose. This is a great time to check to see if any blood is present in your spit. If you see a red tint to the white foamy toothpaste that remains, chances are your gums are inflamed or fighting off infection. You can also see blood if a gum disease is present. Be sure to note this and speak with your dentist upon your next visit.

You should never swallow toothpaste, mouth rinse, or any type of topical treatment for your teeth. This can be very dangerous. If you or a loved one has done so in large amounts, contact poison control immediately. The toothpaste or product should have a direct number to poison control.

If you have any questions or concerns that are not immediate such as needing to notify poison control, please contact our office today at (509) 590-1763. We are standing by to help you with any of your dental needs, questions, and concerns.

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