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Is it bad to brush with water after brushing your teeth or rinse with water after using Listerine?

Asked by TitsMcGhee (8281points) April 23rd, 2009

I hate the feeling/taste of toothpaste and Listerine, but I want to use them (obviously). I have taken to brushing with water after i brush with toothpaste and rinsing with water after using Listerine. Is this bad to do? Does it counteract the effects of the toothpaste or Listerine? I know that you’re not supposed to eat or drink after getting fluoride at the dentist, but is it the same with daily dental hygiene?

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SquirrelEStuff's avatar

Apparently, it’s now bad to use Listerine at all.

Their review, published in the Dental Journal of Australia, concludes there is now ``sufficient evidence’’ that “alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer’’.

Facade's avatar

@chris6137 Oh no! I love listerine

TaoSan's avatar

I guess in the end we should all go back to picking berries and hunting the occasional mammoth.

RedPowerLady's avatar

Ya listerine actually gives me a soar throat so I believe that.

But if you want it to work your not supposed to rinse after. At least that is what my dentist told me.

Rinsing after brushing is a-ok though.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@TaoSan That’d be my dream (seriously). I hope you weren’t being sarcastic because there are some cultures that fight for their rights to do just that (substitute mammoth for current creatures).

casheroo's avatar

I use alcohol free mouthwashes. I’ve been told by dental students that they don’t really do much in the long term, but I still use mouth washes because I get cavities easily. It’s only 30 minutes you’re supposed to wait.

TaoSan's avatar



Seems whatever humans invent inevitably turns against them at some point in time.

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