Mouthwash is a powerful way to improve your overall oral health and increase the quality of your breath. Unfortunately, too few people understand how to properly use mouthwash.
As a result, we’re going to break down a few important points about mouthwash and answer them fully, such as when to use mouthwash, how much mouthwash to use, and how to use mouthwash properly.
Why Use Mouthwash?
Mouthwash is a great way to get a concentrated dose of bacteria and plaque killing chemicals all around the inside of your mouth. Few people really think to brush the top of their mouth, under the tongue, or even the inside of the cheek. Mouthwash can focus on these areas and eliminate bad breath and bacteria in a safe and effective way.
When To Use Mouthwash
Typically, you should use mouthwash after every time you eat. It’s also not a bad idea to use a little in the morning and at night. There are two different schools of thought on whether you should use it before you brush or after. Brushing before may break up particles that mouthwash helps eliminate. However, others say that mouthwash breaks up these particles for tooth brushing.
So when to use mouthwash can be decided on primarily by your preference. Rinsing after brushing makes more sense to us, as it will also get in between the teeth and under areas which your brush couldn’t reach. It’s also not a bad idea to dip your toothbrush in the mouthwash and focus it directly on the surface of your teeth.
How Much Mouthwash To Use With Each Wash?
A basic bottle of mouthwash will suggest using a cap-full of mouthwash each time you use it. The cap of the bottle is designed to hold an amount that will fit in most mouths. While you may be able to use more in a second rinse, you should be able to get all the bacteria-killing power you need with a cap.
However, if you can’t comfortably hold that amount of mouthwash in your mouth, try filling it up halfway and rinsing twice. This may add the benefit of rinsing away any plaque and bacteria knocked free by your brushing.
Some people prefer to fill the cap half-full with mouthwash and fill the rest with water. This is typically a method used by people who have a hard time handling the potency of full mouthwash. It is particularly common with children who are just using mouthwash for the first time.
How much mouthwash to use will depend on your personal preference, but diluting it with water does unfortunately cause it to be less effective than it would be otherwise. Try to dilute it with no more than a quarter-cap of water if you are sensitive to mouthwash and try to work you way to a point when you need no water.
How To Use Mouthwash
Mouthwash is a very simple thing to use. Start by pouring a cap-full of mouthwash into your mouth directly from the cap. Rinse the cap out while you rinse and swish the mouthwash around with your cheeks. Use your tongue to move it up and down in your mouth. This not only moves the wash more effectively but also gets it underneath of your tongue.
Continue to rinse your mouth with the wash for at least 30-60 seconds and then spit it out. Rinse your mouth out with water and then pour another cap-full into your mouth. Spitting out the original cap ensures that any plaque and bacteria you broke away from your mouth is rinsed out without a problem.
Gargle with this new cap for 30-60 seconds to attack the bacteria in the back of your mouth. Breaking down these items will help improve your oral health and eliminate nasty bad breath. Spit it out into the sink after you are finished and rinse your mouth out with water.
Try to avoid driving for about an hour, as mouthwash may falsely trigger a blood alcohol breath test if you are pulled over.
It should be obvious by now that mouthwash is a very easy to use tool that shouldn’t be hard for anyone to pick up on easily. The directions are pretty basic and you should know all that you need to know simply by picking up a bottle and reading what it asks of you.
However, failure to properly use mouthwash will eliminate much of its effectiveness. So don’t take this process lightly. Instead, make sure to follow these directions as closely as possible to get the best results from your mouthwash.
This will ensure that your oral health is in great shape and that your breath has a nice, minty flavor that won’t offend others. This is especially important if you’re looking for a new job, trying to make friends, or even make a love connection.