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!

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