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Mouthwash can be a great supplement to your oral care routine. Different products can have different uses based on your needs. Some have extra fluoride for cavity protection, some for long-lasting fresh breath, or different ones for medical reasons like sore gums or dry mouth.

When to use mouthwash?

When and how often you should use mouthwash is influenced by individual needs. Your local dental professional can help you uncover your specific needs. Some mouthwashes can be specially made for use after dental surgery, while some are meant to be used in addition to brushing.

By choosing one with fluoride, and not rinse with water after brushing, you can prolong the protection from brushing. This is often recommended to people that struggle with cavities, have a dry mouth, or in places where the fluoride levels in the tap water are low. If you struggle with bad breath a mouth wash with zinc can be a good alternative. Your local pharmacy can also help with determining what mouthwash you should use.

Remember that a mouth wash alone rarely can resolve the cause of a problem. If you have symptoms like bad breath or other dental issues, talk with your local dentist or dental professional to uncover the cause.

How to use mouth wash

The optimal oral care routine is to; Floss, brush and rinse. If you are not comfortable with dental floss you can often find an array of flosser tools or interdental brushes at your local pharmacy. First, clean your teeth with your preferred interdental product, then brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, and lastly rinse with your chosen fluoride mouthwash. Rinsing with water or a mouth wash with less fluoride than the toothpaste can decrease the effect of the fluoride from brushing, and is not recommended.

This is how you use most mouthwashes: 

  • Pour the recommended amount stated on the bottle into a small container
  • Take the mouthwash into your mouth without swallowing it
  • Squish it around in your mouth for around 30-40 seconds.
  • Spit

Note: If a different method is stated on the package, use the guidelines from the manufacturer. Ideally, you should avoid eating or drinking straight after your oral care routine.

What mouthwash is best?

There’s a lot of mouthwashes with a range of ingredients available on the market. Which one is best for you depends on your individual needs, but it can be smart to avoid ingredients that can irritate; like alcohol. By counselling with your local dental professional, you can get help finding the best mouthwash for you.

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