The good news is, it won’t matter. You can rinse your mouth with mouthwash before or after you brush and/or floss without significantly affecting its benefits.
Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but don’t use mouthwash (even a fluoride one) straight after brushing your teeth or it’ll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. Choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.
It is certainly fine to rinse with mouthwash in the morning, but you will also want to rinse right before bed. This practice helps prevent harmful oral bacteria action while you sleep. After your evening brushing and flossing, rinse thoroughly with antiseptic mouthwash for a minute or two.
Mouthwashes that kill 99.9% of the bacteria in your mouth are also killing off good bacteria. This can damage the mouth’s microbiome and its ability to fight cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.
brush first because the fluoride from the toothpaste will get pushed in between the teeth while flossing, and. floss first because it will break up plaque between the teeth for the brush to remove.
Dentist Tip: Don’t rinse your mouth with water right after you have finished using your mouthwash. Mouthwash continues to work after you spit it out, so by rinsing with water you dilute the cleaning and strengthening benefits.
Over-brushing, over-flossing, or even using too much teeth whitener can be problematic for your tooth enamel. Mouthwash every day is also a great addition to your oral care routine. If used daily, it is a great way to freshen your breath and kill any harmful bacteria left over after flossing and brushing.
How To Use Mouthwash Pour 20 milliliters (4 teaspoons) of LISTERINE ® Antiseptic rinse into a cup. Empty the cup into your mouth. Swish for a full 30 seconds (try counting to 30 in your head or using a stopwatch). During rinsing, gargle in your mouth. Spit the solution out in the sink.
Can You Overuse Mouthwash? One of the main ingredients in mouthwash is alcohol. Alcohol destroys bacteria, but it can also cause harm to your gums, inner cheeks and tongue if over used. The alcohol itself has a drying property that will absorb the moisture from your mouth and cause the affected areas to dry out.
Rinse, gargle, spit out the mouthwash and that should be enough. But don’t use water. Wait at least half an hour after brushing your teeth to drink water or consume beverages.
Colgate Total Pro-Shield is a good choice for reducing plaque buildup and for keeping breath fresh. It kills germs for up to 12 hours, even after eating meals. This mouthwash is a good choice for eliminating the germs and bacteria that cause gingivitis, which can lead to periodontitis and receding gums.
What are your needs? If you have cavities or are at a high risk of contracting gum diseases, your dentist may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash. Mouth rinses with fluoride can also help ward off tooth decay.
It’s not unusual for mouthwash to burn as you rinse your mouth with it. Ingredients like alcohol and menthol, which cause the burning sensation, are often found in mouthwash.
But it should be used twice a day to reach its deep-clean effectiveness. After all, germs are in your mouth all day, every day, and one swish only protects you for 12 hours. For LISTERINE ® rinse to reach its full powerful potential, use as directed and swish and rinse vigorously for 30 seconds twice daily.