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Old 09-22-2019, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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I didn't grow up with mouth wash at home.

As an adult, is it necessary for some or all after brushing, or occasionally instead of brushing if brushing is inconvenient at the moment?

Maybe Tom's of Maine is a trusted, simple brand here in New England, or just get Scope or any other of the national brands?

Do I gargle or just swish it around, then spit?
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:44 AM
 
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Some here will tell you swishing grease is better.
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Old 09-22-2019, 01:40 PM
 
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Just brush and floss to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
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Old 09-22-2019, 02:09 PM
 
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I didn't grow up with mouth wash at home.

As an adult, is it necessary for some or all after brushing, or occasionally instead of brushing if brushing is inconvenient at the moment?

Maybe Tom's of Maine is a trusted, simple brand here in New England, or just get Scope or any other of the national brands?

Do I gargle or just swish it around, then spit?
There are all sorts of different formulations these days so it depends on what you are trying to do. IMHO it isn't necessary, it is just an additional option many people choose to add to their daily brush/floss routine. Many people are paranoid about their breath and killing every bit of bacteria that might be in their mouth. Seems like overkill. Unless of course you have some sort of prescription to treat a specific problem...maybe an inflamed or infected gum. I didn't grow up using any and can't recall anyone else in my family using them either. Using a mouthwash instead of brushing or flossing on a daily basis probably won't keep your teeth or gums as clean because you aren't physically removing anything off or in between the surfaces.

I don't tend to have dental problems or chronic bad breath, but I keep a bottle at the kitchen sink. Sometimes I'll do a quick brush with mouthwash after eating something with a strong odor, or drinking black tea...it tends to stain your teeth over time.

As for how to use, follow the directions for the specific product.
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Old 09-27-2019, 08:06 AM
 
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No, mouthwash is not a necessity.


Things that pertain to your survival are necessities. Mouthwash is not one of them.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:30 PM
 
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While mouthwash does kill bacteria, it doesn’t distinguish between harmful bacteria and the helpful flora that live in your mouth.

https://askthedentist.com/best-natural-mouthwash/
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Old 09-28-2019, 10:39 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Mouthwash isn't necessary. Brushing- actually FLOSSING is more important.
Just gargle and spit!
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Old 10-03-2019, 05:31 PM
 
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I would urge caution with mouthwashes. I had a good friend who had a bout of oral thrush after taking a course of antibiotics, and the doctor and dentist he saw both said to steer clear of mouthwashes, as they kill off good and bad bacteria, but don't kill off candida, which can lead to thrush. His thrush wasn't caused by mouthwash, it was from the antibiotics which also killed off all bacteria good and bad. He did have to take antifungal meds to get rid of the thrush.

Oral thrush is a different topic, but the message was that things like mouthwashes can upset the balance of flora in the mouth and cause problems. Agree with other posters who mentioned this as well.

I also think there was some research a while back that suggested that alcohol-based mouthwashes (Listerine) can cause mouth cancer. A lot of companies have since come out with non-alcohol rinses, but they still kill off good and bad stuff.
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