Can I Drink Water After Using Mouthwash?

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Using mouthwash is a good practice to do to preserve your oral health and to get rid of bad breath. It is effective in reaching the areas that the toothbrush cannot reach such as between the teeth, the back of the throat, and on the inside of the cheeks. In this short article we will cover how to use mouthwashes, how to swish, different mouthwash services, and basic mouthwash usage tips.

How to Use Mouthwash

  1. Put the appropriate amount of mouthwash inning accordance with the manufacturer into your mouth.
  2. Rinse and swish strongly in your mouth for 30-60 seconds.
  3. At this point you might opt to spit this solution out and use brand-new solution to gargle, or you may use the existing solution in your mouth.
  4. Swish the solution for 30-60 seconds too. 30-60 seconds might appear long but it is very important to do because a great deal of the bacteria that causes bad breath reside in the back of the mouth by the throat.
  5. Spit out the solution in the sink.

Can You Drink a Water After Using Mouthwash?

At this moment you may opt to rinse your mouth out with water, or you may choose to leave the recurring mouthwash in your mouth to continue to work a bit longer. If you choose to leave it in, try not to drink or anything for 10 minutes. If you use a strong mouthwash that uses a high concentration of alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, it might not be a smart idea to not wash your mouth. Leaving strong mouthwash in your mouth may aggravate, dry, or cause other issues in your mouth. Test various methods to see what works best for you.

Rinse You Mouth Before Drinking Water

We will recommend to rinse mouth for 2-3 times before drinking water, tea or juice.

So, should you be rinsing with cold, warm, or warm water? Does it make a difference? It actually does not matter what temperature the water is when you rinse your mouth unless you have a sensitivity. Some people have delicate teeth and are really aware if the water is hot or cold. For these people, rinsing with a warm water is the best option.

A much better suggestion instead of mentioning whether one must or ought to not wash after brushing needs to be to use less tooth paste. Toothpaste, like soap, suds up when it communicates with your teeth and water. If you desire less tooth paste slurry in your mouth after you are done brushing, lower the amount of toothpaste on your brush. For example, if you generally put an entire line the length of your brush, cut that amount in half and just use a line over half your brush. This way you will not develop the suds and will not need to wash after you spit out the last little bit of toothpaste from brushing. Simply wipe your mouth of excess on the sides, and away you go.

If you do not like the taste of the tooth paste and that is your main factor for rinsing your mouth with water, then try a bunch of different toothpaste to see which one fits your specific style better. There are numerous flavored variations out there that you may like much better than your existing toothpaste. Most typical on the marketplace are mint tooth pastes, but there are other toothpastes on the market such as cinnamon, orange, chamomile, and bubble gum.

Questions and Expert Answers

I forgot and drank the water almost immediately after rinsing my mouth with mouthwash. Do I need to rinse my mouth again?

If you have properly rinsed your mouth with a mouthwash, then repeated rinsing is not required. I repeat that it is advisable not to drink immediately after mouthwash in order to achieve a stronger positive effect from mouthwash, but this does not mean that drinking liquid makes mouthwash useless.

What happens if I drink mouthwash?

Mouthwash is designed to spit out rather than swallowed, and ingesting even a little amount can be seriously dangerous. Ingesting these ingredients by drinking mouthwash can cause mouthwash overdose, liver failure, and gastrointestinal damage. Drinking methyl alcohol can cause blindness, organ failure, or death.

Is it OK to swallow Listerine?

Again, NO! Listerine is a mouthwash liquid suggested to combat Halitosis (bad breath). It is a mouth wash and not supposed to be consumed. Nevertheless, accidental consumption in some cases take place. Like every drug, overdose might have medical consequences which might be lethal.

Can I swallow my saliva after mouthwash?

After rinsing the mouth, the minimum amount of mouthwash remains in the mouth, so it is not dangerous to swallow your saliva even a few times. Mouthwashes are designed so as not to cause people inconvenience after use, and swallowing saliva is a natural process.

Should I use mouthwash before or after brushing my teeth?

Both Mouthwash and toothpaste have a beneficial residual effect on tooth enamel and gums after use. And at the same time, they can negate this effect from each other, if you use one procedure immediately after the other. Separate the mouthwash and brushing time to achieve maximum effect.

Is mouthwash really necessary?

No, mouthwash is not necessary. However, when used correctly, it helps to better protect your teeth and takes care of the freshness of your breath. If you choose one of two options: brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth with mouthwash, then you should definitely choose the first one. However, combining both procedures during the day is preferable to using only one of them.

Is it bad to use mouthwash everyday?

No, using mouthwash once or twice a day in accordance with the rules of use is completely safe. However, do not forget that you can not drink the product itself, and pissing immediately after rinsing is not recommended.


Use mouthwash every day. Let this be a good habit that will have a beneficial effect on your teeth and gums. You will also get used to this procedure so much that the risk of drinking or eating something immediately after rinsing will be minimal.

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Dr. R.Mammadli (Dental Expert Team)

Bachelor in biotechnical medicine. Author of several medical blogs, author of articles on dentistry and oral health.

Your Oral Health
Have you ever drunk water or another drink immediately after rinsing your mouth with mouthwash?

  1. DV

    so i should be good if i didn’t wait the half hour because i swished with water immediately afterwards?

    1. Dr. R.Mammadli (Dental Expert Team) author

      Yes, but if you will wait for a while you will get more efficience from using your mouthwash (as mentioned in the article).

  2. Brooke F.

    Thanks for the article! I’ve rinsed my mouth many times. And now I find out I did it wrong. Now I’ll know how to rinse my mouth effectively.

  3. Roger

    After rinsing the mouth with a liquid with hydrogen peroxide, I always collect water in my mouth after about 10-15 minutes. And only then can you drink. After all, this is a tool for the oral cavity, not for getting inside.

  4. William

    If you want to drink, you need to drink before rinsing your mouth. So as not to suffer later. Then it won’t be a problem.

  5. Caroline Dickinson

    You are advised not to drink for 10 minutes after mouthwash. I don’t drink water for an hour or more after the procedure. I think it will have a good effect.

  6. Imane Al-Maghribī

    I used to rinse my mouth with cold water after using a mouthwash and it hurt me like hell. But I used to think that it was natural and that everyone experiences it LOL. At least, now I know that it’s not like that…

  7. Elise1998

    I recommended this article to my friend who used to have a bad breath. Of course, he got offended but a bit later he thanked me for it. Apparently, some people need a whole article to know how to use mouthwash LMAO

  8. XxMickey19xX

    I legit wouldn’t drink water for over an hour in the morning after using mouthwash but it would dry my mouth so bad. It was after this article that I realized that I had been doing it wrong all along… The mouthwash I’m using is very strong and has a high concentration of alcohol.

  9. Leo_Bosco

    I didnt know that bacteria that causes bad breath reside in the back of the mouth by the throat and that u need to gargle. I also had no idea that it should take almost a minute LOL I thought u can just do it in 10 seconds and be free xD

  10. Barb201

    Honestly, I don’t even know if there is a mouthwash that doesn’t make me want to rinse my mouth with water after using it. Every single mouthwash I’ve tried had this terrible taste that I cannot stand.