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A 16-year-old female asked:

is it ok to not use the orthodontic mouthwash and just use a different one or something else ?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Of course: Use the mouthwash that have the ADA’s Seal only.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Should be fine: but good to check with your dentist or orthodontist first in case their is a specific reason for advising the use of a specific mouthwash. net-net, general mouthwashes are fine with braces
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Mouthwash: Mouthwash of any sort only provides about 1% of oral hygiene effectiveness. Brushing 2 full minutes 2x/day is about 70% effective, floss/WaterPik about 30% effective. Discuss with your treating Dentist or Orthodontic specialist the reason he/she recommended an "orthodontic mouthwash," and what substitutions would be beneficial.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
If the mouthwash the orthodontist gave you was Peridex (Chlorhexidine) then you should use it as prescribed. If it was just a sample from his sample drawer, then use any one you like instead.
Jan 2, 2017

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