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How should I use a mouthwash?

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Posted on Thu, 31 Jul 2014
Question: When and how should I use a mouthwash?
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Answered by Dr. Anshumala Singh (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Advised for two continuous weeks

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome.
Thanks for sharing your concern.

A mouth wash should be used for a stretch of two weeks.One full cap,that is around 15 ml of mouth wash diluted with equal volume of water,(1:1) dilution is very effective against plaque and microbes in first week.In the second week you can double the amount of water and use it.

you should discontinue its usage for next two weeks and then continue again after two weeks.
This should be done for three months followed by a visit to your dentist as routine check up.

Mouth wash should be used after dinner and after breakfast,so that it works for longer duration in your mouth.

Remember mouth wash should not be used continuously for prolonged duration as it can cause staining of teeth.

Mouth wash is not an alternative to brushing or flossing.It is in addition to regular oral hygiene measures.

Hope I have answered you in detail.Please let me know for any further doubts.
Thanks.
Take care.
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How should I use a mouthwash?

Brief Answer: Advised for two continuous weeks Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome. Thanks for sharing your concern. A mouth wash should be used for a stretch of two weeks.One full cap,that is around 15 ml of mouth wash diluted with equal volume of water,(1:1) dilution is very effective against plaque and microbes in first week.In the second week you can double the amount of water and use it. you should discontinue its usage for next two weeks and then continue again after two weeks. This should be done for three months followed by a visit to your dentist as routine check up. Mouth wash should be used after dinner and after breakfast,so that it works for longer duration in your mouth. Remember mouth wash should not be used continuously for prolonged duration as it can cause staining of teeth. Mouth wash is not an alternative to brushing or flossing.It is in addition to regular oral hygiene measures. Hope I have answered you in detail.Please let me know for any further doubts. Thanks. Take care.