Please, could someone settle an argument between me and one of my adult children regarding the correct way to clean (using good electric toothbrush) teeth.
She maintains that -
(A) mouthwashes are a waste of money.
(B) toothpaste should NOT be washed out of mouth (just spit out any excess) after cleaning.
(C) each tooth should only have brush held on it for a absolute maximum of 3 - 5 seconds.
Now, I hold my toothbrush over each tooth for 10 seconds, each back and front, wash out the toothpaste and then finish off with a good quality non-alcoholic mouthwash. Do this twice a day, after evening cleaning also use inter-dental brushes.
As I near 80 years of age I am happy that I have nearly all of my own original teeth - only ever had two taken out. I stopped going to an annual hygenist appointment after a very bad experience with one a few years back. At my last dental check up (March 2020), no problems showed up.
My daughter says I can damage my teeth by over-cleaning (ie: holding the brush for 10 seconds, sometimes longer on each tooth). Says, that a good flouride toothpaste should NOT be washed out at end of cleaning, but left to 'do its work', and that mouthwash just washes out that toothpaste and is a total waste of money.
Who is correct?
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