Should you wet your toothbrush before using it?


Wetting toothbrush before brushing teeth

Many aspects of life are debated about on social media, including the correct way to carry out daily practices. One of these topics has recently sparked a furious debate on Twitter – whether or not to wet your toothbrush before cleaning your teeth.

Twitter user @envyteeee started the big discussion after posting the query on the social media platform. Many tweeted their preferences…

It turns out we all have our own technique when it comes to looking after our teeth. Some use a dry brush, applying the toothpaste and then brushing. Others put the toothpaste on first and then add water, while some prefer to get the toothbrush wet before applying any toothpaste.

It’s down to preference but is there actually a correct way to brush your teeth?

Dr Mitali Hariawala, dental community manager at toothbrush company Quip, revealed there is a best way to The Mirror. She said:

“First rinse your toothbrush to clean and ‘soften’ the bristles to prevent them from being too abrasive on your teeth and gums… In addition, the wetness allows the toothpaste to stick easily to the bristles and therefore not fall off on application.”

She added:

“After applying a pea sized amount of toothpaste, quickly, wet it once more. This second rinse will activate the toothpaste by increasing its solubility and it will reinforce the adherence of the toothpaste, ensuring that it does not fall off as soon as the brush enters your mouth.”

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time is vital when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy. If you are unsure of the best way to brush your teeth, or have any other oral hygiene questions, then visit your dentist.