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A Guide to Using Mouthwash: Should I Use Mouthwash?

Having good oral health is important for your overall perfect health. It is recommended that you brush twice a day and floss regularly to keep your teeth healthy. However, even with flossing and brushing, there can be harmful bacteria left over. Mouthwash usually contains an antiseptic to kill harmful bacteria that can live between your teeth and on your tongue.

Mouthwash doesn’t replace brushing or flossing in terms of oral hygiene. In fact, you need to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing. Some people use it to fight bad breath, while others use it to prevent tooth decay.

How to use mouthwash?

  • Brush and floss your teeth first. If you are using fluoride toothpaste, wait for at least 30 minutes before using mouthwash. 
  • Pour your mouthwash into the cup provided with the product. Use only as much mouthwash as the product instructs you to use. 
  • Empty the cup into your mouth and swish it around. Don’t swallow the mouthwash, it’s not meant to be ingested. While you’re rinsing, gargle for 30 seconds. 
  • Spit it out. Don’t rinse your mouth with water.

When to use mouthwash?

Some people use mouthwash as part of their daily oral hygiene routine. But you can also use mouthwash in a pinch to banish bad breath. There’s really no hard and fast guideline for when to use mouthwash for bad breath. But it isn’t going to work to strengthen tooth enamel or fight gum disease unless you use it right after brushing and flossing. 

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