Should you wet your toothbrush before or after putting the toothpaste on it?

The debate on whether or not to wet the toothbrush seems eternal and there are different opinions on this subject. However, experts recommend putting the toothpaste directly on the dry brush and getting it as little wet as possible, because that way the toothpaste will be more effective and the bristles more effective too in cleaning the teeth.

Tooth brushing appeared in 3000 BC. AD and since then there does not seem to be unanimity on the best way to keep teeth and mouth clean. From time to time, the debate is revived on social networks.

There are those who always wet the toothbrush before applying the toothpaste, in order to make the toothpaste adhere to the toothbrush and soften the bristles before brushing. On the other side, there are those who wet their toothbrush after putting the toothpaste on, to make sure it turns into foam. Moreover, there are those who do both and others who do neither.

Dentist Luke Thorley, quoted in the Metro newspaper, points out that “it really doesn’t matter” as long as you brush your teeth properly, adding that there is no concrete evidence to suggest that any method is better than another.

However, Dr. Raha Sepehrara disagrees, and her team of dentists and hygienists urges you not to wet the toothbrush because “it can dilute the toothpaste and reduce its effects. In fact, this expert says that if you like to wet your toothbrush to soften your bristles, you should probably use a toothbrush with softer bristles.

Either way, both dentists agree that if you want to wet your toothbrush before or after applying toothpaste, keep the amount of water you use to a minimum: a soaked toothbrush and a Diluted toothpaste will result in reduced brushing effectiveness.

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