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Friday, February 5, 2016
Dental and Oral Health (Adults)
Is it true that we should not wet the toothbrush with a few drops of water before we start brushing? If yes, why?
There is certainly no problem with wetting the toothbrush with a water before brushing.I believe the concept of not wetting the brush may come from the notion that the water may inhibit maximum uptake of the fluoride in your toothpaste. I am not aware of any studies that would indicate there would be any appreciable difference. I personally like to wet my brush because it softens the bristles a bit and help me to access more surface area.
Susan Bauchmoyer, RDH, EFDA, MS
Associate Professor – Clinical, Clinic Director
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University