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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Preferrably nonalcohol mouthwash (biotene) since alcohol (in listerine) may dry out the plastic especially some patient chose to soak their retainer f ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chin
41 years experience Dentistry
No: You shouldn't be soaking your retainers in mouthwash. Retainers should be cleaned according to your dentist's instructions. If you are rinsing with mo ... Read More
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Dr. Behram Dalal
30 years experience Dentistry
No: Commercially available dental rinses are safe and will not damage your retainers. But you should always clean your retainers extra-orally (out of you ... Read More
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
43 years experience Orthodontics
No: However there are better products for making retainers smell fresh. Ask your pharmacist.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Roth
31 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Yes, but better to take the retainers off since they may prevent the mouthwash from accessing all surfaces of your teeth.
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
29 years experience Dentistry
Generally Not: Mouthwash can damage the surface of your retainers over time...It's too aggressive for most plastic materials. In addition, the mouthwash won't reach ... Read More
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Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Yes: However removal of your retainers will allow the mouthwash to access all of the areas covered by your retainer. Most mouthwash contains alcohol, this ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Top mouth rinses: Top in sales, effectiveness or ? There are so many on the market and they all have different ingredients and indications. In general, they are not ev ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Water: The rest of them can't be that expensive either. You're planning to formulate your own?
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Frist
45 years experience Dentistry
Many ingredients: Mary's magic mouthwash was initially formulated for patients on chemo therapy for cancer and it is usually a combination of lidocain for pain relief, ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Behram Dalal
30 years experience Dentistry
Equate: Is a generic brand i believe but they are all good - some may be better than others based on anecdotal opinions. Hope this helps.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
45 years experience Dentistry
Not really: Most rinses have alcohol which can cause cancer. Tobacco can cause cancer. So your answer is no. Any non alcohol rinse after tobacco is better than no ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn answered
37 years experience Dentistry
Yes, but: Many commercial mouthwashes have alcohol as an active agent because of its antibacterial action. Alcohol has traditionally been used in medicine to ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Natural mouthwash?: I am not sure what you are referring to when you say "natural" mouthwash and therefore i can't answer your question accurately. Please re-post your qu ... Read More

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