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Oct
28

Do I brush first or rinse first? James Brown has the answer

written by CariFree

James Brown

Everyday we get calls about how to properly use the CariFree products.  One of the main hang-ups for people is the order of product use.  If you are like most of America, you probably grew up brushing your teeth THEN rinsing with mouthwash.However, with CariFree things are a bit different.  No matter what gel and rinse you have in your bathroom you ALWAYS want to RINSE then BRUSH.  Although it seems strange at first, there is a scientific reason behind the order of use.

If you are using the CTx4 Treatment Rinse to decrease the amount of cavity causing bacteria there, be aware that the rinse works ON CONTACT. In other words, it does not need to continue to work after you spit it out.  Once you spit it out, it’s job is done.  So, after rinsing with the CTx4 Treatment Rinse, we want to brush with the gel. The gel is special because it is going to continue to keep the pH elevated WHILE delivering nano particles of hydroxyapetite to the teeth.

To put simply, the longer process in the equation is what dentists refer to as ‘remineralization’  (the adding of minerals to the enamel) and it is the job of the gel. This process takes more uninterrupted time. Therefore, we want to brush second so the minerals in the gel have the opportunity to do their work. That also means we don’t want to rinse with water after brushing.

The very same rules apply if you are using the CTx3 Rinse.

If you need help remembering the order, I always think of the song by James Brown (who had an amazing smile) I Feel Good…..why?  Because it is a classic Rhythm and Blues tune…and R&B to me says Rinse & Brush :)

 

Have a great R&B this morning

 

5 Responses to “Do I brush first or rinse first? James Brown has the answer”

  1. Norman Stock

    The CTx3 Rinse directions say to rinse after brushing teeth with toothpaste. I’ve been doing it that way for several years and it seems to work well. So now you tell me to change the way I do it? What took you so long? And why don’t you change the instructions on the Rinse container?

  2. Donna Risinger

    If that is the way you want us to use CTx3 and the Gel toothpaste, you should change the direction on the bottle!!
    I have been using it wrong for several years.

  3. CariFree

    Hi Donna,

    You bring up a very good point! The reason the bottles have the instructions printed to brush first and rinse second is because they are labeled for individual sale – not as part of a CariFree Kit. If you only have the rinse, to rinse after brushing with an over the counter toothpaste is okay (actually preferred since OTC paste can be acidic).

    IF however you are using the CariFree gel- you want to stick with the protocol. All of the CariFree kits have the proper instructions on the inserts.

    It is confusing though, thank you for catching that and bringing it up!

  4. CariFree

    Hi Norman,

    You bring up a very good point! The reason the bottles have the instructions printed to brush first and rinse second is because they are labeled for individual sale – not as part of a CariFree Kit. If you only have the rinse, to rinse after brushing with an over the counter toothpaste is okay (actually preferred since OTC paste can be acidic).

    IF however you are using the CariFree gel- you want to stick with the protocol. All of the CariFree kits have the proper instructions on the inserts.

    It is confusing though, thank you for catching that and bringing it up!

  5. Donna

    Well, this is good information to have indeed. I thought it was rinse last always. Just shows to go you, you can learn the correct way to do something even in your old age. But it’s never too late.

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