How to use mouthwash – The do’s and the don’ts

If you’re looking to freshen your breath, Waken have a selection of mouthwashes to choose from but a lot of us are still aren’t sure how to use mouthwash throughout the day in order to reap the benefits. In this post, we explore the do’s and the don’ts of using a Waken mouthwash. 

first things first


Before we debunk the correct ways of using a mouthwash, we need to establish what mouthwash is used for first. The main function of a mouthwash is to freshen your breath, so it is not to be used in place of brushing your teeth and flossing.

That said, some mouthwashes, like Waken’s, contain sodium fluoride which have the added benefit of helping to prevent cavities.

So, how do you integrate mouthwashes into your day in order to help keep your lovely mouth happy?


  1. As we mentioned above, mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing twice a day. This is because rinsing alone is not effective at removing plaque from your teeth. Plaque is sticky so it needs a brushing motion. Flossing removes plaque between the teeth.
    You can integrate mouthwash into your daily teeth cleaning routine to elevate your regime but never straight after brushing (which brings us to our next point).
  2. Toothpastes contain an ingredient called sodium fluoride. If you rinse straight after brushing, you are actually washing away the fluoride from your toothpaste. According to the NHS, brushing your teeth thoroughly with a fluoridated toothpaste is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decay.
  3. Don’t swallow mouthwash even if the formula like Waken’s mouthwashes tastes delicious, it is still a dental product and not safe for drinking.  


  1. Now, you know why you should avoid using mouthwash immediately after brushing, but did you know that you can use a Waken mouthwash before brushing your teeth? We recommend using a mouthwash after you floss to remove the excess debris that you dislodge from flossing before brushing your teeth. If you love integrating your favourite Waken mouthwash flavour into your daily teeth cleaning regime, you still can!
  2. Swish throughout the day when you need to freshen your breath. Got a meeting, a date, just want your breath to be fresh? Waken’s mouthwashes contain natural mint which freshens your breath. Ensure you have a mouthwash at your desk at work as well as in your bathroom so that you can freshen up on the go (especially if you’ve eaten something particularly pungent for lunch, garlic we’re looking at you)!
  3. Take a swish after eating or drinking something acidic. If you love a refreshing glass of OJ (we don’t blame you), your teeth might not be the happiest. Acidic foods like oranges can wear away the enamel that protects your teeth so whilst it’s best to have these in moderation, you can also help prevent damage by swishing a mouthwash with fluoride after. It is not recommended to brush straight after as it could wear down your enamel further*

    Source- Mayo Clinic


Mouthwash is to be used to freshen your breath. If you ever do feel that your bad breath is recurrent and/or are experiencing any oral discomfort, then we recommend that you speak with your dentist.

The best way to enjoy your Waken mouthwash is by pouring 20ml in to Waken’s Stainless-Steel Mouthwash cup, empty the cup into your mouth, swish around for 30 seconds and expel.


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