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Does Using Mouthwash After Brushing Cause Tooth Decay?


Posted on 5/15/2024 by RJ Dental
close up of smiling patient pouring a shot of mouthwash into the capBrushing and flossing are the cornerstones of good oral hygiene. Mouthwash is also considered a necessary part of the routine. Still, there are preventive measures you should observe to get the best results.

Undeniably, mouthwash removes germs that your toothpaste and your toothbrush cannot remove. The only consideration you should make is whether to use it immediately after brushing your teeth.

Does Using Mouthwash After Brushing Cause Tooth Decay?


Using mouthwash after brushing can cause tooth decay. It is not advisable to use mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth because you increase the risk of tooth decay. If you use mouthwash after brushing your teeth, you risk washing away the concentrated fluoride left behind by your toothpaste.

The toothpaste we use for brushing our teeth typically contains about 1450ppm fluoride. This fluoride concentration is optimal for shielding our teeth from the sugars present in the food and beverages we consume daily, thereby preventing tooth decay.

When Is It the Right Time to Use Mouthwash?


The best time to use oral mouthwash varies depending on your daily routine. Use mouthwash to rinse your teeth at least thirty minutes after brushing your teeth. The time you need to wait before using mouthwash is enough for fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth, especially around the gums.

Using mouthwash after thirty minutes enhances oral hygiene by removing harmful bacteria and plaque buildup. The order of cleaning your teeth should follow simple steps: brushing, then flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash after thirty minutes. You should also use mouthwash only after brushing, but not before brushing, which is more effective for your oral health.

After Meals


It is important to use mouthwash after taking a light snack or after having a six-course meal. Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash can prevent any food particles and bacteria from sticking to your tooth. You can always carry your preferred oral rinse in a small travel-sized bottle that you can use at any convenience.

Before Bed


Bacteria can build up while you sleep. To protect your teeth, use mouthwash before going to bed. At least do not eat anything after rinsing your mouth.

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