First timer here.. I don't know this situation has been asked/shared before or not, but I couldn't find any similar question online.

So I have read the recommendation that better we do not rinse after brushing teeth and just let the toothpaste do its work for 30 minutes before rinsing/eating/anything.

I have been doing that. I make sure to also spit excess toothpaste. However, I always feel this dry sensation in my mouth. Why? Because I also read that, in addition, it is not recommended to swallow/ingest the toothpaste..

So for more or less 30 minutes, my mouth does nothing..not even swallowing saliva because I know I will swallow the toothpaste. And when the duration ends, I suffer from this dry sensation..and just go on to quickly rinse by water and hope the suffering ends. This of course keep repeating twice everyday.

If it is only 15 minutes, I think I am fine..but yes, I am such a strict person following scientific-looking recommendation strictly. So if it is recommended for maximum benefit that:

  1. Don't rinse for around 30 minutes, just spit out excess toothpaste after brushing.
  2. Don't swallow toothpaste.

Then I do just that..and that dry sensation inside my mouth is unavoidable.

Is there any solution to this?

Thank you very much for the help and suggestions! Really appreciate it!

EDIT: Some sources (but the thing is I also don't know the reliability):

On not rinsing?

  1. NHS.uk
  2. Oral Health Foundation

On not swallowing (in large amount of course)?

  1. Clubb Dental
  2. Healthline

Nevertheless, my main thing is not mainly about criticizing each source, but about asking the better advice here. Thank you.

  • Can you link to few sources you find them reliable and they say what you say? Then we can discuss about that.
    – Jan
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 17:45
  • @Jan Sorry, I think that is part of my problem too. I do not know which is reliable or not. I am just surfing through internet..and in google/youtube I found many suggesting not rinsing, although most I think do not give some estimates on when I can start rinsing. Some estimate 30 minutes until eating, but I just want to rinse, not drink or eat to erase this dry feeling. Hence, I come here to hopefully learn from more reliable experts and ask for better suggestion regardless of sources I visited. Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 17:53
  • OK, no problem.
    – Jan
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 17:59
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    @CareyGregory I have added them in edit..with emphasize in the last sentences. Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 0:15
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    Related: medicalsciences.stackexchange.com/q/1401/7951 Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 0:18


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