Dentist reveals the unexpected reason why you should NEVER use mouthwash after brushing teeth

MOST people’s tooth brushing routine may consist of toothpaste, rinsing your mouth out with water and then a mouthwash of some sort. 

However, one dentist claims otherwise and has surprised thousands of people unaware they have been doing it all wrong for years. 

Dentist Anna Peterson revealed that you should never use mouthwash after brushing your teeth, and that in fact you should use it after you eat, or BEFORE brushing your teeth.

She says: “Your toothpaste that you brush your teeth with has around 1450pp fluoride.

“Your mouthwash has only 220pp fluoride. This is a much lower concentration and it’s not enough to protect your teeth from sugars that you eat and drink.

“So when you brush your teeth, and you rinse with mouthwash straight away – you just rinse off all the high concentration fluoride, for a low concentration fluoride.

When do you use mouthwash?

After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste.

Don't rinse your mouth immediately after brushing, as it'll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste.

This dilutes it and reduces its preventative effects.

Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but don't use mouthwash (even a fluoride one) straight after brushing your teeth or it'll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. 

Choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.

Don't eat or drink for 30 minutes after using a fluoride mouthwash.

Source – NHS


“And in our evidence based toolkit for delivering better oral health, all dentists should be following this.

“And by no means am I against mouthwash. Because I do actually recommend it to my patients. But not every patient needs it.

“I certainly don’t tell them to use it after brushing.”

And her viewers could not believe it, with one writing: “What? Everyone rinses with water after brushing. Who is leaving toothpaste on their teeth?”

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Anna replied by writing: “Rinsing with water is better than rinsing with mouthwash, just brush then spit out the excess, try not to rinse.” 

Another viewer wrote: “Ok, nice to know i've been doing it wrong my whole life.”

A third wrote: “I floss, then mouthwash, then brush. Does that work?”

Anna replied: “Yes, that is fine to do, mouthwash is best to be used after you eat, but no harm doing it this way.” 

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