- After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste. Don’t rinse your mouth immediately after brushing, as it will wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste, thus diluting it and reducing its preventative effects.
- Better yet, you can rinse your mouth with toothpaste “slurry,” which simply means sipping a tiny amount of water and mixing it with the toothpaste foam in your mouth; briskly swish the slurry around and then spit it out with no further rinsing.
- As for the caution not to swallow toothpaste, that’s because too much fluoride can cause fluorosis (spotting or discolouration) in developing teeth. Very high doses (far beyond normal usage) can be toxic. Parents should supervise young children when they brush, especially to make sure they use just a pea-sized dab of toothpaste.
- All toothpaste brands are same.
- On the whole, this is correct. There is very little difference between many of the mainstream toothpaste brands on the market, because they all contain the same ingredients. However, special toothpastes – particularly those designed for people with allergies and sensitivities – have a slightly different ‘recipe,’ so to speak.
- They remove and replace the substances that most commonly cause allergic reactions. Now, if you are surprised to hear that toothpaste can be an irritant, you might want to check your own mouth for signs of a reaction. The most obvious symptom is peeling skin on the inside of the cheeks. This is known as ‘mucosal sloughing’ and it occurs when an irritant burns away some of the cells.
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