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Use Mouthwash Before Or After Brushing
- Jun 29, 2018 -

Use mouthwash before or after brushing?

There has always been a debate whether to use mouthwash before or after brushing your teeth. There are logical arguments for both but few studies prove statistically what is most effective. One of the arguments people and dentists make who recommend using it before state that using it before brushing allows the mouthwash to loosen up the plaque and particles on and in between the teeth so it is more easily removed by brushing the teeth afterwards.

The other side states that mouthwash does little in the short amount of time to loosen the particles and it is more effective to use after brushing in order to thoroughly rinse and disinfect the mouth after the plaque and particles have been cleared by brushing. If you use mouthwash after brushing you may also elect to leave residual mouthwash in your mouth by not rinsing your mouth out with water after using mouthwash. This gives the mouthwash longer time to work.

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