Using a Mouthwash / Mouthrinse has benefits for your oral care routine. It is a great way of adding and extra level of care to your oral hygiene and oral health. You will find individual product descriptions outline their benefits, but there are some things worth noting that apply to the use of any mouthwash/rinse.
Mouthwash / Mouthrinse is best used at a different time of day to tooth brushing. When you brush your teeth spit out the toothpaste but don’t rinse it all away. Let the toothpaste ingredients stay around your teeth to work for longer. Using a mouthwash immediately after brushing means potentially skipping the benefits of the toothpaste – and/or mouthwash! So generally, if you haven’t been advised otherwise by your dental professional, rinse at a different time of day to when you brush.
Not all rinsing is the same! Some techniques for rinsing are better than others! When using a mouthwash/rinse follow the instruction as far as amount goes. Rinse vigorously – this means closing your lips together and forcing the liquid around your mouth and between teeth. This way you will get the maximum benefit.
Using a mouthwash/rinse is NOT an ALTERNATIVE to thorough daily interdental cleaning/flossing and effective toothbrushing. Many believe that rinsing is an easier and just as effective option to flossing/cleaning between teeth. WRONG! While it would be great if we could so easily remove the plaque biofilm from our teeth by rinsing it just doesn’t work!
Choose a mouthwash/mouthrinse carefully to suit your individual needs then use regularly as part of your overall health care routine.