Are We Rinsing With Mouthwash Long Enough?

Commercial mouthwashes are used for various purposes including getting rid of bad breath, plaque, gingivitis, etc. The American Dental Association provides a very detailed write-up on mouthwash. You may be able to get a similar benefit from a saltwater and hydrogen peroxide solutions. Many dentists state that you only need to brush and floss to support a healthy mouth.

What I have always wondered though is, assuming there is some benefit from using mouthwash, am I getting any benefit from them? The reason I question this is because the recommended rinse duration on most mouthwashes range from 30 seconds to one minute. I think I rinse for maybe 20 seconds at best. Do you rinse for one minute?

There are tons of mouthwashes out there so it can be a challenge to pick the right one for you. I found the following information for various brands of mouthwash:

Mouthwash Brand Rinse Duration (seconds) Alcohol Free? Ratings
Ranker Faveable Bestlisto Tenbestreview Bestseekers
Listerine 30 No 1 1 4.5 6
Crest 30 to 60 Yes 7 4 8 8 5
Scope 30 No 2 2
Colgate-Palmolive 30 Yes 3 3 4
Oral-B 30 No 4 4
Biotene 30 Yes 6 2 6 6 2
Cepacol 30 No 9 7
ACT 30 Yes 5 3.5 5 6.5 1
Sensodyne 60 Yes 8 9
Dr Katz 30 Yes 10
Corsodyl 60 Yes 11 10
Tantum Verde 30 No 12
BreathRx 30 Yes 13 9
Daily Rinse 60 Yes 14
Dentyl PH 30 Yes 15
Sarakan 20 Yes 16
Astring-O-Sol 20 No 17
Lavoris 30 No 18
Rembrandt 60 Yes 19 4
Gengigel 60 to 120 Yes 20
Oral Essentials 60 Yes 5 8
TheraBreath 30 Yes 3 11 10
CloSYS 60 Yes 5 3
Jason Natural 20 to 30 Yes 1
PerioBrite 30 to 60 Yes 7
SmartMouth 30 Yes 9
Tom’s of Maine 60 Yes 11

Based on the above, you may not be getting the full effectiveness of the mouthwash you are using if you are not rinsing for the prescribed about of time. I guess we have to tough it out folks and increase our mouthwash rinsing time . Good luck with that!

Sedona Red Rock Spring Break

Sedona Red Rock

Sedona, AZ is one of the most scenic locations in the United States and Spring is the best time to be there. Thus, it stands to reason that I would want to spend my Sons’ Spring Break there. Sedona Red Rock is at its most glorious state at that time. Also the weather is perfect for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. It’s the outdoors that’s Sedona’s strong point. It’s also the busiest time of year there so if you are planning on going in Spring you need to plan.

This was my third trip to Sedona. The first one was in October for the Sedona “Jazz on the Rocks Festival”. Fall is the next best time to visit Sedona since the weather can be similar to the Spring.

My second trip was in August just because that was the only time I could go that year. Though the weather in the summer is more moderate than Phoenix it is still hot. This time of year you need to get your hiking on in the mornings or late afternoons.

This trip we flew into Phoenix just list most people heading to Sedona from out of nearby states and made the two-hour drive to Sedona. We arrived in Sedona in time to check-in and check out “A Taste of Provence” which was a French festival held in the on site Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. The festival took place from 4pm to 8pm and included three outstanding free bands, a master glass worker, painting demonstrations, artwork to buy, and delicious French wines and food.

We stayed at the Los Abrigados Resort and Spa which is a timeshare resort in which I own a week at the Stonehouse property. The Historic Stone House is the most unique unit at this resort. It is a separate house across from the Main pool. It is the Schnebly’s (founder’s of Sedona) original home. It has been restored and updated to today’s standards.

The house has two master bedroom suites with spa tubs. The larger master has a huge spa tub and a separate setting room with library, flat screen TV and wetbar. It also has a huge Great Room with a working stone fireplace (wood provided free!). In addition, the unit has a full kitchen, patio, gas barbecue grill, washer & dryer and skylights galore!

You can rent a week at the Los Abrigados Stonehouse from me on the VRBO website. Just remember that I only have one week per year and it is next available in 2018.

The star of this place is the Sedona Red Rock. Continue reading “Sedona Red Rock Spring Break”