A Simple Guide for How to Use Mouthwash

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Mouthwash can be an invaluable addition to your dental hygiene regimen, freshening breath and helping prevent plaque/gingivitis formation.

Long before Louis Pasteur proposed his germ theory, people used ingredients such as salt, goat milk & urine for mouth washing. (That last one being particularly interesting!)

The Lambert Pharmaceutical Company successfully leveraged this societal issue with an arresting yet provocative marketing campaign featuring Edna.

Follow these steps​ tо learn how​ tо use mouthwash effectively:

Pour 20mlof Listerine mouthwash into a cup

Mouthwash is a liquid used to rinse your mouth after brushing, to kill germs that linger between your teeth or underneath gums that might otherwise go undetected by brushing alone. Mouthwash may help kill these harmful organisms as well.

Make sure that you use mouthwash properly for maximum effectiveness. Avoid swallowing it; therefore it is advisable to measure out 20ml into a cup before beginning to rinse your teeth.

LISTERINE(r) Antiseptic Cool Mint Mouthwash can help fight germs that lead to plaque and gingivitis, providing a three times deeper clean than just brushing alone and freshening breath at the same time. A two times daily regimen should help ensure optimal oral health* (be sure to also brush, floss and visit the dentist for regular check-ups!). *Based on independent clinical studies.

Empty the cup into your mouth

Mouthwash works best as an adjunct to regular brushing and flossing rather than as a replacement, as it helps clear away food residue or plaque build-up in hard-to-reach places and can help combat bad breath.

Always follow the label instructions when it comes to dosage – too much or too little mouthwash will render it ineffective. Most brands recommend one cup of liquid; some brands may need further diluting before use.

Once you have the proper amount, pour it into your mouth and begin swishing vigorously – you should make sure all parts of your mouth receive its benefits from this fluid swish! 30 seconds should be allowed for this step; setting a timer may help ensure this step takes place as planned.

Swish for a full 30 seconds

Use of mouthwash correctly can assist in treating many dental issues, such as bad breath and plaque buildup. For best results, follow the directions on your bottle carefully when swishing the recommended amount around for 30 seconds or more after brushing and flossing, making sure all areas such as back of tongue, molars, etc are reached. Take caution not to swallow as the liquid contains chemicals not intended to be swallowed!

Rinsing for 30 seconds allows mouthwash to effectively kill bacteria and remove plaque, as well as reach those hard-to-reach corners of your teeth. Furthermore, it’s essential not to rinse immediately afterwards as this could reduce its efficacy.

During rinsing gargle in your mouth

Note that mouthwash cannot replace brushing or flossing and should only be used as an add-on treatment. Furthermore, it’s essential not to rinse your mouth immediately after using mouthwash or rinses as this could wash away fluoride present in most formulations; rather spit out the solution after use instead.

Salt water gargles can be an effective way to both cleanse the throat and mouth as well as alleviate pain from sore throats or mouth sores, as well as provide some relief from respiratory conditions such as asthma.

Homemade salt water gargles are easy and cost-effective alternatives to commercial mouthwashes, while people with high blood pressure should consult with their physician prior to using one. Furthermore, it is essential that rinse time be adhered to.