Is it good to mouthwash after EVERY meal/drink?


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I wonder since mouthwash contains fluoride and other ingredients... would it not somehow affect enamel/oral health if rinsing with the mouthwash after every single meal or acidic drink?

I have been doing so for the last 10 years or so and didnt have any dental problems. but now started to wonder should I carry on or not... cause for example since brushing after every meal might damage the enamel as far as I know, is there any health risk of using mouthwash after every meal?
thank you.
 
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MattKW

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No particular risk, except maybe to your wallet. If you brush and floss well, then the contribution of a standard mouthwash (not a fluoride mouthwash) is negligible.
 
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honestdoc

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Your questions about any health risk associated with mouthwash after every meal are legitimate. My concerns are constant chemical irritation to the oral tissues. I checked with ACT fluoride rinse and it doesn't seem to include alcohol. Alcohol can potentially harm the tissues long term. The second problem I encounter with people using mouth rinses is their tendency to take the lazy way out..."I don't feel like brushing and flossing so I'll rinse for 5 seconds and call it good."
 

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