woman holding a bottle of green mouthwash as she pours it into the bottle cap

How To Use Mouthwash Effectively

woman holding a bottle of green mouthwash as she pours it into the bottle cap
Mouthwash should be an essential part of your dental hygiene routine, but it's still important to see a dentist at least once every 6 months for regular checkups.

Are you aware that mouthwash could drastically improve your oral hygiene?

I’ve come across SO many people who don’t think that using mouthwash is necessary. But, did you know that there are countless benefits to using mouthwash that you could be missing out on?

The truth of the matter is that most of us actually have a bottle of mouthwash in the bathroom, even if we don’t regularly use it; but did you know that there is a right and wrong way to use it? I’d be willing to bet that most people don’t really know when the best time to rinse their mouth is! Don’t worry: I’ll answer any question you might have throughout this article. All you need to do is keep reading!

What Mouthwash Should You Use?

Any trip to the grocery store will reveal the COUNTLESS different brands there are available. Each mouthwash claims to affect your oral health in different ways. Some are designed to whiten your teeth, whereas others are made to help with bacterial infections or fight gum disease.

Here’s what you should be looking for in any mouthwash:

  • ADA Approved
  • Reputable Brand
  • Dentist Recommended

Aside from that, you should tailor your mouthwash selection based on what you need.

If you’re looking for a mouthwash to help with an ulcer, buy one that’s specifically been designed to help! There are also alcohol/chemical-free variants. If you’re more comfortable using these, then go ahead!

Now that you’ve picked out the best mouthwash for the occasion, let’s jump right into how you can use it for the biggest benefit.

How To Use Mouthwash

Most mouthwashes come with their own little screw-on cap. This cap isn’t just to protect the bottle! It usually works as a measuring cup, too. If it doesn't come with a cap, then you should be able to find the appropriate measurements written on the bottle. Just be careful, as it can vary from brand to brand.

  1. Unscrew the cap
  2. Measure out the liquid
  3. Pour it into your mouth and gargle
  4. Try to gargle from the front of your throat and the back 
  5. Be careful not to swallow!

Once you’re done, all you need to do is spit the mouthwash out.

When To Use Mouthwash

Contrary to popular belief…

Many people think that the best time to use mouthwash is immediately after they brush their teeth.


When you rinse straight after you’ve brushed, you risk washing away the fluoride in the toothpaste, so it won’t be as effective as it could be. There’s no ‘best’ time to use mouthwash, though you should wait for at LEAST half an hour after you’ve brushed your teeth. Many people, including me, prefer to use mouthwash after their meals. It can help to clear out any leftover food, keeping your teeth in great condition!

The Benefits of Using Mouthwash

If you’re not convinced on using mouthwash, take a look over some of these amazing benefits:

  • It helps to remove debris, bacteria and leftover food
  • It WILL reduce the bacteria in your throat
  • Mouthwash can help to fight and reduce cavities
  • It can strengthen the enamel in your teeth
  • Gets in places that your toothbrush can’t
  • Helps to prevent bad breath
  • It can whiten your teeth

The Risks of Mouthwash

You should still be careful when it comes to using mouthwash, though. Despite the benefits, there are a few risks:

  • Can remove good bacteria
  • Can irritate sores in your mouth
  • Can be dangerous if swallowed
  • It can dry out your mouth
  • It generally tastes bad


In Summary

Mouthwash unquestionably comes with a great set of benefits.

Will you start using it?

Mouthwash should still be an essential part of your dental hygiene routine, especially if you are at risk of increased cavities or infection. If you are concerned about the potential risks associated with mouthwash, why not try a well-researched and reliable brand?

You may also wish to ask your dentist for more advice - you can contact us at (813) 684-7888 or fill out a contact form online!

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