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Caries Res. 1994;28(2):127-31.

Effect of various post-brushing activities on salivary fluoride concentration after toothbrushing with a sodium fluoride dentifrice.

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Department of Cariology, Faculty of Odontology, University of Göteborg, Sweden.


The study consisted of eight experiments, divided into three series, aimed at investigating the effect on the salivary fluoride (F) concentration of three post-brushing regimes: (1) rinsing once or twice with water, (2) rinsing either with a slurry of the toothpaste foam and water or with an 0.05% NaF solution, or a single NaF mouthrinse with no prior brushing, and (3) chewing and drinking ('eating') for 2 min. Brushing was done with 1.5 g of an 0.32% NaF dentifrice. The concentration of F in whole saliva was determined in 15 subjects at various time points up to 45 min after completing each experimental procedure. Results showed that the initial (0 min post-brushing) F concentration in saliva decreased about 1-2 times after a single, and 4-5 times after a double post-brushing water-rinse, as compared with no rinsing at all (p < 0.001). Brushing followed by a mouthrinse with an 0.05% NaF solution elevated the F concentration more than brushing alone (p < 0.001). Rinsing with the slurry of toothpaste foam and water gave only a somewhat (but not significantly) lower concentration of F in saliva than just rinsing with the 0.05% NaF solution. Eating immediately after brushing reduced the salivary F level about 12-15 times (p < 0.001) compared with brushing alone.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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