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Does it work to rinse your mouth with water after using mouthwash?

Does it work to rinse your mouth with water after using mouthwash?

Yes.: The mouthwash's antibacterial and cleaning effects are while "rishing" inside your mouth. None are good to swallow. Rinsing your mouth afterwards is not a bad idea! ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I'm curious if you should rinse your mouth with water after using mouthwash?

I'm curious if you should rinse your mouth with water after using mouthwash?

Your choice: Rinse or not? This depends on what rinse you use. If it is for cavity prevention and the rinse contains fluoride, spit well, but best not to rinse--the remaining rinse continues to add Fluoride into your tooth. If it is to kill germs in mouth, ; you do not want the chemicals to be absorbed by your body, rinse off. Most otc products seem to expect no-rinse to offer its efficacy, however. Spit well. ...Read more

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Do you need to rinse your mouth with water after using listerine mouthwash?

Do you need to rinse your mouth with water after using listerine mouthwash?

No: No, but if it feels burning or uncomfortable it may be the alcohol... Try listerine zero instead of regular. ...Read more

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Should we rinse mouth with water after using mouthwash or just spit it out with saliva? If don't rinse w water I feel the chemicals are all in mouth

No: No don't rinse out your mouth with water immediately after use. The mouthwash continues to work even after you spit it out. Use a mouth wash with Fluoride and don't use alcohol based onces too much as they will dry out your mouth. If the chemicals or after-taste become too bothersome then it's ok to rinse with water. ...Read more

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Can I rinse my mouth with mouthwash after I do the salt water rinse for a tongue piercing?

Can I rinse my mouth with mouthwash after I do the salt water rinse for a tongue piercing?

You could, but: I would stay away from all alcohol containing mouthwashes until it is healed. For now, you could just use the saltwater. ...Read more

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Took a bite of a moldy gluten free snack cake. Spit it out immediately and rinsed my mouth with water and mouthwash. Didn't swallow. Will I get sick?

Took a bite of a moldy gluten free snack cake. Spit it out immediately and rinsed my mouth with water and mouthwash. Didn't swallow. Will I get sick?

No risk, no worry: Eating mold is unpleasant but not unhealthy. There is very small risk of serious infection in people with advanced, uncontrolled diabetes, and some persons on advance chemotherapy or immune suppressive drugs. Even in them, the frequency of actual infection is extremely low. If you are basically healthy, there is absolutely nor risk of harm. Same deal with bread molds and other fungi. No big deal! ...Read more

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Dry mouth/bad breath from anti-anxiety meds. Tried "dry mouth" toothpaste and mouthwash. Lemon water. Gum doesn't work long at all. No luck. Help?

Dry mouth/bad breath from anti-anxiety meds. Tried "dry mouth" toothpaste and mouthwash. Lemon water. Gum doesn't work long at all. No luck. Help?

Dry mouth: Older (tricylic) antidepressants used for depression and anxiety commonly cause dry mouth. But SSRI, MAOI type medications and most of the short-acting anti-anxiety medications are not known to cause dry mouth/bad breath. Discuss alternate med with prescribing doctor. You may also benefit from a dental exam to make sure there is no other condition causing dry mouth/bad breath. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Chlorhexidine 0.12% rinse vs warm salty water mouth wash. Which one is best used after tooth # 26 extraction and immediate implant placement. Thanks.

Chlorhexidine 0.12% rinse vs warm salty water mouth wash. Which one is best used after tooth # 26 extraction and immediate implant placement. Thanks.

Both work...: The Best advice is to follow your post-operative instructions from your surgeon. They know your situation best. If you're unsure contact them directly. ...Read more

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After using mouth wash should we spit our and wash with water? Or spit out and leave the remaining mouthwash in the mouth without rinsing out?

After using mouth wash should we spit our and wash with water?  Or spit out and leave the remaining mouthwash in the mouth without rinsing out?

Better no rinse: Better to spit out and not rinse with water right away. Doesn't hurt to rinse, brush with toothpaste, rinse with mouth wash (hopefully an anti-plaque, anti-tarter rinse, ) and then floss ...Read more

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Weird taste in mouth. I use mouthwash, drink lots of water, no drug allergies/sickness/conditions. Any tips to cure it?

Weird taste in mouth. I use mouthwash, drink lots of water, no drug allergies/sickness/conditions. Any tips to cure it?

Blood Test: What anomalies show up in your blood test. Sometimes, there may be influences that enter the mouth via the saliva, etc. Other items may cause this from what you eat, drink, smoke. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly have a salty taste in my mouth? I regularly brush, floss, use mouthwash, and drink lots of water.

Why do I constantly have a salty taste in my mouth?  I regularly brush, floss, use mouthwash, and drink lots of water.

Many causes: A persistent salty taste in the mouth can have many possible causes, including:
dehydration caused by inadequate fluid intake or excessive fluid loss; medications such as chemotherapy drugs or anti-thyroid drugs; salivary gland diseases such as bacterial infections of the salivary glands;and finally, post nasal drainage such as with sinus infection or allergies. ...Read more

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I am using a WaterPik water flosser with water and mouth wash instead of flossing string is this OK? The string never worked for me.

I am using a WaterPik water flosser with water and mouth wash instead of flossing string is this OK? The string never worked for me.

Floss better: But WaterPik better than brushing alone. Talk to your Dentist about customizing an oral hygiene program for you. Let's face it, most people don't use floss daily. Water irrigator second best alternative. PLEASE use one or the other daily. ...Read more

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Red taste buds at the tip of my tounge, just noticed them after rinsing my mouth with salt water and mouth wash for a couple days. What is this?

Red taste buds at the tip of my tounge, just noticed them after rinsing my mouth with salt water and mouth wash for a couple days. What is this?

Could be normal: It is not uncommon to have small asymptomatic red bumps on the tongue tip. If there is no pain or taste disturbance then just observe. ...Read more

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I am Shivam. I have sore and pain in incisive papilla since last 3 days. I even tried saline water for mouth wash but its all the same. What to do?

I am Shivam. I have sore and pain in incisive papilla since last 3 days. I even tried saline water for mouth wash but its all the same. What to do?

Incisive papilla : There are a few reasons pain in the incisive papilla. The periodontal pocket around the frontal teeth, tooth abscess, a cystic lesion or burning lesion from the hot food. You definitely need to see a dentist for examination and x-rays if pain will continue for 3 more days. ...Read more

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Have large dry socket, getting repacked by dentist every other day. What kind of mouth wash can I use if any? Sal water? Hydrogen peroxide ok?

Have large dry socket, getting repacked by dentist every other day. What kind of mouth wash can I use if any? Sal water? Hydrogen peroxide ok?

Avoid disturbance: The goal in treating a true dry socket is to manage infection and pain while the body slowly heals. Gentle rinsing with warm salt water primarily to keep food from impacting into the socket is generally ok but vigorous irrigation will further delay healing. Avoid chemicals like peroxide or alcohol and be patient while following carefully the instruction and meds you are getting from your dentist. ...Read more

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I've been having a constant salty vinegar taste on my tongue. I don't use whitening toothpaste or mouth wash, and I drink lots of water. What's wrong?

I've been having a constant salty vinegar taste on my tongue. I don't use whitening toothpaste or mouth wash, and I drink lots of water. What's wrong?

Altered taste...: Unusual taste sensations can be caused by many, many things. Even if your toothpaste is not a whitening toothpaste, this or your mouthwash could be causing your altered taste. These sensations are often caused by medication, diet, poor oral hygiene or even vitamin deficiencies. Brush your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue brush every day. Change your toothpaste and mouthwash. Good luck! ...Read more

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Warm salt water mouth wash. Why/when it is normally used/benefits in dental hygiene. Cons and pros please.

Warm salt water mouth wash. Why/when it is normally used/benefits in dental hygiene. Cons and pros please.

Normal saline: It's like bathing in tissue fluid. Use to promote healing of irritated tissues. Not an oral hygiene adjunct (brushing/flossing best for hygiene). Ask your dentist if your situation would benefit from salt water rinse... Everyon's different. ...Read more

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Does salty water (mouth wash) help with abscesses on tooth and gum infection?

Does salty water (mouth wash) help with abscesses on tooth and gum infection?

Yes: Salt water rinses have been recommended for hundreds of years to sooth sore tissues and disrupt and kill bacteria. Other rinses you can use are hydrogen peroxide, and chlorhexidine. These may sooth the area or even seem like they are treating it but they are not. An examination and treatment by the dentist is the only true treatment. Early treatment can save you pain, money, and time! ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction can I gargle with normal mouth wash instead of salt water?

How long after wisdom tooth extraction can I gargle with normal mouth wash instead of salt water?

Wisdom tooth : You can change to your regular mouthwash after a few days as long as you are not having a lot of pain or swelling. Contact the extracting dentist if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use hydrogen peroxide (diluted with 50% water) every day as a mouth wash after brushing teeth?

Is it okay to use hydrogen peroxide (diluted with 50% water) every day as a mouth wash after brushing teeth?

Yes: I personally beleive yes, however there are some studies showing that prolonged use of hydrogen peroxide may cause some type of mouth cancer. This was only shown on laboratory rat who were overdosed with hydrogen peroxide. ...Read more

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What causes a coated tongue? I can't get rid of it. I have tried a tongue scraper, brushing my tongue, mouth wash, gargling with salt water. No luck.

What causes a coated tongue? I can't get rid of it. I have tried a tongue scraper, brushing my tongue, mouth wash, gargling with salt water. No luck.

See DDS: What are your personal habits? Do you smoke, drink coffee all day long? A tongue scraper should be an adjunct in addition to brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Speak to your dentist if this is still problematic. ...Read more

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How many days you do Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) mouthwash after simple dental implant on 2 upper molar teeth. Would warm salty water wash be better.

7-10: I like to state "7-10days please"....mostly because patients will only do 3-4days which is fine and I like warm salt rinses too if the patient does not like the peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate). ...Read more

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Will flossing twice a day widen the gaps between my teeth? & will it still work if I rinse out my mouth straight after using mouth wash? Thanks ;)

Will flossing twice a day widen the gaps between my teeth?  & will it still work if I rinse out my mouth straight after using mouth wash?  Thanks ;)

Flossing is safe: Flossing regularly will not widen gaps between teeth. And rinsing immediately after using mouthwash will dilute the mouthwash and reduce its effectiveness. If the mouthwash is too strong to use straight, try diluting it just a bit with water, then rinse with the diluted stuff. ...Read more

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Listerine mouthwash says "Do not eat or drink within 30 minutes of using", however I always rinse after using it. Is it harmful to drink water?

Listerine mouthwash says "Do not eat or drink within 30 minutes of using", however I always rinse after using it.  Is it harmful to drink water?

Mouthwash: The best time to use a mouthwash is probably before bedtime since the residue of the mouthrinse may remain in the mouth for a longer period and have a greater effect. Rinsing with water would only dilute the mouthwash. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to rinse with water after using listerine antiseptic mouthwash?

Effectiveness....: If you are using an antiseptic mouth rinse to control bacteria and other microorganisms in your mouth and you rinse right after with water, you are weakening its effect and somewhat defeating the purpose. The most important thing to do is to brush and floss properly after meals and limit your intake of refined sugars and sticky starch foods. Rinses are secondary. Find one you like. ...Read more

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After I use mouthwash, should I rinse with water?

Maybe: Rinsing with water would reduce the affect of the mouthrinse faster than normal. ...Read more

Mouthwash (Definition)

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