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Photo: Ju Jae-young (Shutterstock) Based on an unscientific survey of my husband, largest WhatsApp chat, and everyone I work with, 100% of respondents use mouthwash after brushing. But common wisdom might have many people using mouthwash at the wrong time. And it’s a lot of people: According to Statista , nearly 200 million Americans used mouthwash in 2020. But as it turns out, the best time to use mouthwash is before we brush. Why do so many people use mouthwash after brushing? Perhaps a dentist told you long ago to use mouthwash after brushing and you never questioned it again. Maybe rinsing after brushing gives you a feeling of unparalleled freshness and oral hygiene completion. You may have subconsciously learned it via the commercials peppering your Saturday morning cartoons as a child, or carry a vague idea that mouthwash needs to marinate, in a sense, to remain pure and undiluted by other liquids to do its best work. (Which is actually true .) Why it’s more effective to use mouthwash before brushing Dr. Anna Peterson recently challenged the conventional wisdom when she posted a viral TikTok video claiming it was best to use mouthwash directly after you eat or before you brush. “Your toothpaste…has around 1450ppm (parts per million) fluoride…Your mouthwash has only 220ppm fluoride,” she began. “This is a much lower concentration and it’s not enough to protect your teeth from sugars that you eat and drink. So when you brush your teeth, and you rinse with mouthwash […]