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Have You Been Using Mouthwash Wrong All Along?


Posted on 9/6/2021 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Have You Been Using Mouthwash Wrong All Along?Mouthwash is a beneficial component of your daily oral hygiene routine. It can be used in between meals or as a part of your morning and evening tooth brushing sessions. It is used to rinse your teeth, gums, and mouth. Mouthwash can be swished around in your mouth and clean places that your toothbrush may not be able to reach. In addition, mouthwash can freshen your breath any time of the day. Some people even find it handy to use mouthwash to change the taste in their mouth to curb a craving or use mouthwash as a stopper which signals to the brain that the meal is over.

How to Use Mouthwash


Using mouthwash properly is important. Always read the back of the bottle to follow the package instructions. Most brands of mouthwash will advise you to pour an acceptable amount of mouthwash into a plastic measuring cup. Be careful to measure your mouthwash properly. After doing so, empty the cup in your mouth and swish it around in all parts of your mouth. If you would like, it is appropriate to gargle the mouthwash in your mouth. Make sure you don't swallow the mouthwash. Mouthwash only benefits your mouth, and it is not meant to be swallowed. Spit out the mouthwash into the sink when you are finished rinsing it around for about 30 seconds. Don't worry if you can't hold it in your mouth for 30 seconds; some brands of mouthwash are acutely strong, and some patients find it difficult to keep it in their mouths for that long.

Give us a Call Today


Using mouthwash is only one part of good oral hygiene. It does not take the place of brushing or flossing. In addition, it is not a substitute for a dental visit. Make sure you visit our office every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.


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