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Brushing only reaches 25% of your mouth. To ensure you clean the whole mouth, use a LISTERINE® mouthwash twice daily by following these simple steps and tips. Brushing only reaches 25% of your mouth. To help ensure your whole mouth gets clean, properly use a LISTERINE® Mouthwash twice daily. Read this simple guide to select and learn how to use mouthwash as recommended by the experts at LISTERINE®.

What Is Mouthwash?

Mouthwash, sometimes called mouth rinse or oral rinse, is a liquid held, swished and/or gargled in the mouth. While not a replacement for brushing or flossing, certain types of mouthwash can provide anti-cavity, germ-killing and plaque-prevention benefits.
Antiseptic mouthwash is the most common type of mouthwash. Other types of mouthwash include varieties with fluoride; alcohol-free options; ones with natural ingredients; and mouthwashes formulated to target specific oral care issues, such as canker sores.

Answers to Your Mouthwash Questions

  • When should you use mouthwash? Rinse twice daily.
  • Do you use mouthwash before or after brushing? Rinse after brushing and flossing.
  • How much mouthwash should you use? Follow the instructions on the label.
  • Are you supposed to gargle mouthwash? Yes! Then spit it out; don’t swallow it.

How to Use Mouthwash

Using mouthwash seems like it should come naturally, but proper use is often overlooked. Here are some quick tips and a simple routine to follow for the best results.

A Simple Mouthwash Routine

1. Pour 20 milliliters (4 teaspoons) of LISTERINE® Antiseptic Rinse into a cup.
2. Don’t dilute the solution with water. Empty the cup’s contents into your mouth.
3. Swish for a full 30 seconds. (Try counting to 30 in your head or use a stopwatch.) Don’t worry if you can’t get to 30 seconds the first time – it gets easier each time you try.
4. During rinsing, gargle in your mouth.
5. Spit the solution out in the sink.

TIP: To keep breath fresh on the go, pick up a pack of LISTERINE POCKETMIST® Spray Mist.

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