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Should I use a mouthwash after I brush my teeth?

iStock-853757790There are many tools and products available in the local drugstore in the oral healthcare aisle for patients to utilize in ensuring they have healthy, beautiful smiles. From teeth whitening strips to floss, the options may be overwhelming. Many patients who visit Dr. Nancy Gill for their routine cleanings and evaluations will find that they have questions. Some men and women may be unsure if they are protecting their smile with proper products. One question Dr. Nancy Gill often receives is, “should I use a mouthwash after I brush my teeth?”

The purpose of mouthwash

Mouthwash, sometimes referred to as an oral rinse, is a liquid product that is used to help rinse the mouth. It often contains antiseptic used to kill bacteria in the mouth that can contribute to the development of infection and disease, including gum disease and tooth decay. Additionally, some mouthwashes, including prescription oral rinses, are used to address specific issues, such as dry mouth or halitosis. In most cases, mouthwash is another way to combat tooth decay and periodontal disease.

How to use mouthwash

Mouthwash should not be used before brushing and flossing. After patients have brushed and flossed, they can use the recommended amount of mouthwash to rinse. This is typically around 4 teaspoons of oral rinse. Empty the rinse into the mouth and swish it around without swallowing. Gargle for 30 seconds and then spit out the mouthwash into the sink. Do not swallow the mouthwash as it is not intended for consumption.

Does a mouthwash replace brushing and flossing?

While some patients may utilize mouthwash in the middle of the day or before they leave the house to freshen the breath, it does not replace proper brushing and flossing in the morning and at night. Patients with bad breath or dry mouth may be advised to use mouthwash more often than those using it as an extra aid of protection against disease and decay.

Learn more about ways to keep your smile healthy

If you are looking to revamp your home healthcare routine, call Dr. Nancy Gill at (303) 277-9600 to request an appointment with our team. We are located at 1218 Arapahoe Street in Golden, Colorado and accept new patients and families.

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