If you rinse your mouth out with mouthwash after every time you brush, you’re doing all that you can to protect your dental health, right? Not necessarily. A lot of people make mistakes when using their mouthwash that may result in it being less effective than it could be. Here’s a look at four mistakes to avoid for more effective mouthwash use:
Diluting the mouthwash with water.
Mouthwash is made at a certain strength for a reason – that’s the strength that researchers have determined works best to kill germs in your mouth. When you dilute the mouthwash with water, you’re decreasing its effectiveness.
People who dilute their mouthwash often do so because they find its flavor to be too strong or overpowering. If this is the case, try switching to a milder mouthwash. There are now several fruit-flavored and no-burn formulas of popular mouthwash brands on the market. You may also want to try a mouthwash made for kids – they might be flavored like bubblegum or cherry, but they’ll disinfect your mouth with a milder taste.
Rinsing your mouth out with water after using the mouthwash.
Do you take a swig of water and spit that out after using your mouthwash? A lot of people do this to get the taste of the mouthwash out of their mouth, or because they’re afraid of swallowing that tiny bit of mouthwash that’s left behind. However, mouthwash continues to work for a few minutes after you’re done swishing it around In your mouth. If you wash your mouth out afterwards, you’re preventing it from doing so.
Using mouthwash before flossing.
When you floss, you loosen the bits of grime from between your teeth. However, those bits of grime don’t always end up coming out of your mouth. By rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after you floss, you ensure they get rinsed away. On the contrary, if you make the mistake of flossing after you wash, those bacteria-laden particles might get left behind in your mouth, where they can contribute to tooth decay.
Only using mouthwash when your gums bleed.
Yes, you should be using mouthwash if your gums are becoming sore and bleeding when you brush. This is a sign of gingivitis, and using mouthwash regularly should help clear it up. However, you should not be saving that mouthwash to use only when your gums are sore. By using it every day, you prevent the gum disease from occurring in the first place.