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Top secrets no one tells you about mouthwash! 90% chances you’re using it wrong!

Now that we have your attention, let’s get that straight – the most important is to brush your teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes. Mouthwash certainly isn’t a replacement to your daily dental care, however if you’re looking for a fresher breath, mouthwash can be just right for you.


But just like with anything else (especially when it comes to your overall health), you need to know how to use it. Want to know more? Tag along!

I’M IN FOR A MOUTHWASH – HOW DO I USE IT? 
Short answer is – read the label and stick to instructions.
Long(er) answer is – it’s important to use it as the label tells you to do it. Quite philosophical, huh?
Swishing it in for shorter or longer may have a negative influence on your teeth and mouth. Usually you should swish between 30 - 60 seconds, but make sure to check it first.
Some mouthwashes may need diluting, some may not. It’s important to use the mouthwash of your choice as per instructions. Only that way you’ll get a full benefit of it.
Most dentists seem to agree that if you’re not neglecting your oral health, mouthwash is just an additional way to keep your mouth fresh throughout the day.
There are many different mouthwashes available, so another reason you may want to reach out for a mouthwash is if you’re living in an area where water isn’t fluoridated. To make sure your teeth are getting enough of fluoride, a fluoride mouthwash can be a great solution. After all, you need it to maintain strong enamel and to protect your teeth from acids.
Choosing a mouthwash shouldn’t be brain racking, as usually they have very similar properties. If you have a problem with gums or a serious infection, it’s best to ask your dentist!
 
SO, REALLY, HOW DO I USE IT?
Use the recommended amount. Having too much of certain germ-killing ingredients might be toxic.
Swish, swish, swish… Swish vigorously for the time recommended on the label.
Don’t swallow! Spit the mouthwash after you’re done swishing. Swallowing might be dangerous. Especially for kids.
AND WHEN DO I USE IT?
We know that rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash might be tempting just after you finish brushing. It would make your oral care routine complete, in one go right? But not so fast.
If you’re using a fluoride toothpaste, don’t use a mouthwash for at least 30 minutes after brushing! Why? Mouthwash will rinse the fluoride. More reasons why you should let the fluoride to do the work here
So, you have waited at least 30 minutes after brushing and ready to go ahead with the mouthwash. You’re all set, but avoid eating, drinking or smoking for half an hour to let the mouthwash to its job.
If you need some more advice, check out what NHS recommend.
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You can use mouthwash before brushing your teeth. This will allow the fluid to break up a lot of the plaque build up on your teeth, making it easier for your toothbrush to get to the harder spots of your mouth.