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can you brush your teeth and then use mouthwash or do you use mouthwash and then use toothpaste?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
24 years experience Dentistry
Finish with rinse: There are different types of mouth rinse: Fluoride rinse to help teeth resistant to tooth decay; antiseptic rinse to decrease over all bacteria. Either way, brush ; floss your teeth first to remove all films (called biofilms) of bacteria so that rinsing agents will be more directly applied to tooth/gum surface for a higher, better efficacy. Exception is post-surgery rinse when you are not to brush.
Answered on Apr 9, 2016
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Brush then rinse: Either is fine, but i would probably recommend brush first, then rinse since the brushing disturbs the bacterial plaque the most, then the rinsing can flush out the loose plaque, bacteria
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Tarek Hamid
8 years experience Dentistry
Floss,first: Then brush to listen all the plaque from between as a well as front and back surfaces, now you can rinse to flush out everything...
Answered on Feb 14, 2014

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