When Should You Use Mouthwash? A Dentist Explains

Mouthwash can be a valuable addition to your oral care routine when used at the right times, such as:

  • after brushing and flossing

  • in between meals

  • after consuming certain food

  • to address specific oral health needs

  • in the morning and before bed

Ultimately, the decision of when to use mouthwash should be based on your dental health goals and daily routine.

Keep on reading to learn more about when to use mouthwash in your oral care routine.

What is mouthwash?


Mouthwash is a liquid oral care product designed to clean your mouth and freshen breath.

Some mouthwashes may also provide protection against dental issues like cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease due to ingredients like fluoride.

Typically, mouthwashes provide a minty aftertaste, but they can also come in a variety of formulations and flavors.

Benefits of Using Mouthwash

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Researchers suggest that incorporating mouthwash into your daily oral care routine can offer many advantages like:

  • killing harmful bacteria

  • freshening breath

  • reducing plaque buildup

  • strengthening tooth enamel

  • providing relief from certain oral conditions

  • and supplementing brushing and flossing

Further, studies show that mouthwashes with active ingredients like concentrated fluoride or hydroxyapatite may help fight gum disease and prevent tooth decay.

Mouthwash can enhance your oral hygiene and is a more convenient practice than oil pulling.

What are the different types of mouthwash?


There are a few common categories of mouthwash, including:

  • antiseptic mouthwash

  • fluoride mouthwash

  • cosmetic mouth rinse

  • alcohol-free mouthwash

  • and prescription mouthwash

Mouthwash is not a one-size-fits-all oral care product.

There are various types of mouthwash, each formulated to serve specific oral health needs or problems.

Understanding the different categories of mouthwash can help you choose the one that aligns with your goals and requirements.

How to Use Mouthwash


To use an oral rinse in your oral care routine, follow these steps:

  1. Pick up some SWISH Mouthwash

  2. Measure out about 20mL of product

  3. Swish and gargle for about 30 seconds

  4. Spit it out

  5. Avoid eating or drinking immediately afterwards

  6. Rinse with water (optional)

  7. Maintain consistency

Using mouthwash is a straightforward process, but it's important to follow the proper steps to maximize its effectiveness and ensure your dental hygiene benefits.

When do you use mouthwash?


You can use mouthwash:

  • In the morning after brushing to start your day with fresh breath

  • After meals to cleanse your mouth and maintain oral hygiene

  • Before important meetings or social gatherings for extra confidence

The timing of mouthwash and how much mouthwash you should use can vary depending on your oral care goals.

How long should you swish your mouthwash for?

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Research suggests that swishing mouthwash for about 30 seconds is sufficient.

Be sure to check the product label for specific instructions as some formulations may have different recommended swishing durations.

What else should you use besides mouthwash?


Alongside mouthwash, you should:

  • Brush your teeth (regular brushing) at least twice a day with nano hydroxyapatite toothpaste to prevent tooth decay 

  • Floss daily with SILK Dental Floss to remove debris from between your teeth and along the gumline

  • Use a SWIPE Tongue Scraper daily to clean your tongue's surface where bacteria can accumulate

While mouthwash is beneficial, it should not replace the fundamentals of oral care.

Should you use mouthwash after brushing?

Yes, dentists recommend that you use mouthwash after brushing and flossing your teeth.

This helps maximize its effectiveness and ensure that any remaining bacteria are addressed.

Other Habits to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

In addition to maintaining a regular oral care routine that includes brushing and using mouthwash, there are several other habits that can help ensure the longevity of your teeth.

These habits focus on aspects beyond your daily oral hygiene routine.

Breathe Through Your Nose

Breathing through your nose can have a positive impact on your oral health.

Not only can it promote proper saliva production, but it can also help maintain your oral pH balance, prevent dry mouth, and even reduce gum irritation.

Floss Three Times Per Week

Flossing is a critical aspect of maintaining good oral health.

While daily flossing is ideal, flossing three times a week can help maintain healthy teeth.

Be sure to use proper flossing technique and consult your dentist regularly for guidance on the best flossing practices for your unique oral care needs.

Use a Tongue Scraper

A tongue scraper is a tool designed to clean the surface of your tongue.

Incorporating these habits into your daily life, along with a consistent oral care routine, can significantly contribute to the health and well-being of your teeth and gums.

By making these practices a part of your overall lifestyle, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and more confident smile.

The Bottom Line: When should I use mouthwash?

You can use mouthwash in the morning and evening, after meals, or before important occasions to freshen your breath and enhance your oral hygiene.

The timing depends on your personal preferences and goals. Using mouthwash is a valuable part of your oral care routine.

Consult your dentist for personalized recommendations on the optimal times to use mouthwash, as they can provide guidance specific to your unique dental health requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can mouthwash be used as a substitute for brushing and flossing?

No, mouthwash should not replace brushing and flossing. It should complement these essential oral care practices.

Can children use mouthwash, and if so, which type is suitable for them?

Children can use mouthwash, but it should be alcohol-free and formulated for their age. Supervision during use is recommended.

Is it safe to use mouthwash every day?

Using mouthwash daily is generally safe, but it's important to choose the right type for your specific needs and avoid overuse.

Can mouthwash be used by individuals with sensitive teeth or gums?

Yes, there are mouthwash formulations designed for individuals with sensitive teeth or gums. For example, SWISH Mouthwash is perfect for people with sensitive teeth and gums as it's alcohol-free.

Can mouthwash prevent bad breath?

Mouthwash can help prevent bad breath by killing odor-causing bacteria and providing a fresh taste. However, addressing the root cause of bad breath is essential for long-term results.

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Shake well before use. Swish approximately one tablespoon of mouthwash in your mouth for about 30 seconds, then spit it out.

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