A 57-year-old male asked:
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how can you get the benefits of fluoride in toothpaste when brushing your teeth if you are rinsing mouth off with water immediately after brushing.

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Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
31 years experience Dentistry
You get some: The fluoride ions will attach themselves to the tooth during 2 minutes of brushing and are not easily rinsed away, so you do derive a benefit. If you do not rinse you may get more but be assured even with a rinse the fluoride is helpful.
Answered on Sep 16, 2020
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Dr. Justin Nelson
15 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Don't rinse: Don't rinse or rinse with a fluoride rinse (ACT)
Answered on Feb 22, 2016
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Safe and healthy: The most effective way to prevent tooth decay; scientifically demonstrated. In humans fluoride is rapidly and efficiently absorbed.
Answered on Feb 22, 2016

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