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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Toothbrushing

07/11/2011

Question:

Is it true that we should not wet the toothbrush with a few drops of water before we start brushing? If yes, why?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Susan   Bauchmoyer, RDH, EFDA,  MS Susan Bauchmoyer, RDH, EFDA, MS
Associate Professor – Clinical, Clinic Director
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University