Hardness of teeth after brushing and mouthwashing

Sep 18, 2018
Dear all,

I was wondering about the strength of teeth after using toothpaste or mouthwash.

Namely, should I think of my teeth being stronger after I brush them (even if the toothpaste doesn't contain fluoride), or enamel gets softer and easier to erode after applying toothpaste over it?

How about the softness of teeth after using mouthwash? I found some worrying comments on the web. Also, I usually use mouthwash before going to sleep. Since the production of saliva is lower during the night, the impact of mouthwash could be even stronger as there is less saliva to dilute it. So, I am a bit confused of how to properly use and whether to use mouthwash, e.g., Listerine. Please let me know if you have any advice on this topic. I find it pointless reducing the amount of plaque bacteria if in the same time one can damage the enamel.

Thank you.

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