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Increased salivary fluoride concentrations after post-brush fluoride rinsing not reflected in dental plaque

M Heijnsbroek, V A M Gerardu, M J Buijs, C van Loveren, J M ten Cate, M F Timmerman, G A van der Weijden
Caries Research 2006, 40 (5): 444-8
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The aim of the present study was to assess fluoride concentrations in unstimulated saliva and buccal dental plaque 6 h after an oral hygiene procedure that consisted of brushing with an AmF/SnF2 dentifrice and different post-brush rinsing protocols: expectorating the excess of dentifrice foam and rinsing with tap water, expectorating only, or rinsing with 10 ml AmF/SnF2 mouthwash. The fluoride concentrations in plaque and saliva were increased after all three experimental protocols compared to F-free periods. The increase of the fluoride concentration in saliva was more pronounced after AmF/SnF2 mouthrinse as compared to rinsing with water and expectorating the excess of dentifrice foam. Such an effect was not seen in dental plaque. It is concluded that the potentially beneficial effect of not rinsing or fluoride rinsing after tooth brushing is not reflected in an increased fluoride concentration in newly formed dental plaque 6 h after brushing.

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