Common Questions About Mouthwash

Do you rinse after using mouthwash?

No, you should not rinse your mouth with water after using a mouthwash. Key ingredients in mouthwash should be left behind in the mouth to allow them to keep working long after use

Do you brush or use mouthwash first?

It is better to use mouthwash after brushing your teeth. The primary benefits of rinsing with mouthwash is that it freshens your breath and it leaves behind key ingredients that keep working long after use. If you rinse with water after swishing and brushing, you may lose some of those freshening effects and benefits from the key ingredients.


Can mouthwash restore enamel?

Enamel is similar to bone but much harder and once lost it does not regrow, this lost portion can't be retrieved. Because it's impossible for your body to make new enamel, your goal should be to strengthen and repair the enamel you have. This can be done through a process called "remineralisation." By using products that contain fluoride and calcium, you can actually zero in on weak spots to strengthen existing enamel before it wears away for good. You can even fortify areas where enamel is already beginning to erode.


If you’re concerned about enamel erosion, look for a good fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. Try adding Colgate® Neutrafluor 220 Mouthwash to your oral care routine. This daily fluoride mouthwash helps strengthen your tooth enamel and protects against cavities.


Is it OK to use mouthwash when pregnant?

The Australian Dental Association says that hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can exacerbate problems with your teeth and gums. They can change the way your gums react to dental plaque, causing them to become irritated, inflamed, and sore. As dental health has a big impact on your overall health, it’s important that you maintain a good dental health routine throughout your pregnancy, and beyond. This is a particularly good idea if you're vomiting frequently, which bathes your teeth in stomach acid that erodes tooth enamel. Try adding Colgate® Neutrafluor 220 Mouthwash to your oral care routine. This daily fluoride mouthwash helps strengthen your tooth enamel and protects against cavities.


Can a mouthwash keep my gums healthy?

Yes, when used after proper brushing and floss some mouthwashes, such as Colgate® Plax mouthwash work to keep gums healthy. It can help deliver a plaque-control system, which works to further rid the mouth of bacteria that may linger on the tongue and inner cheeks, and helps stop new plaque from forming on and between teeth, as well as just below the gum-line.


This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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  • Antibacterial mouthwashes – these mouthwashes are more effective in controlling plaque than fluoride rinses, and also freshen breath.

  • Fluoride rinses – these rinses coat the teeth with fluoride to strengthen teeth to prevent tooth decay and cavities. They also freshen breath.

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