Mouthwash: Think before you rinse
Published 11/08/2015 | 02:30
Choosing a mouthwash requires more study than you might think it warrants. Dentists say it is sometimes difficult to find one product that ticks all the boxes.
The advice is to select a mouthwash based on the largest condition that you need to treat such as gum disease.
It does not matter when you swish - you can do it before you brush and floss or after.
Swish for 30 to 60 seconds. Less than half a minute probably won't do much. And more than a minute is more than enough.
If your mouthwash wish is to whiten teeth or help against bleeding gums, it might take a few weeks to deliver.
They are no substitute for good brushing and flossing. Long-term use of washes with alcohol can dry the mouth and kill good bacteria.
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