As an older adult, you will find that rinsing can help prompt the production of saliva in your mouth, which is crucial to limiting bacteria and keeping gums healthy. The basic steps of twice-daily rinsing are the same for you as for everyone who wants a cleaner, healthier mouth. Refer to the tips below for guidance.
Mouthwash Routine for Adults
TIP: Drink at least eight ounce of water daily and sip often.
Note: After completing your healthy-mouth routine, it's important to refrain from eating and drinking for 30 minutes.
Pour 20 ml (4 teaspoons) of Listerine mouth rinse into a cup.
Empty the cup into your mouth. Do not dilute the solution with water.
Swish for a full 30 seconds (try counting to 30 in your head, or using a stopwatch). Don't worry, if you can't get to 30 seconds the first time - it gets easier each time you try.
During rinsing, make sure to swish.
Spit the solution out in the sink.
How to use mouthwash with Dentures
When you wear dentures, you still want to follow certain steps to keep your mouth and gums fresh and clean.
Remove your dentures and scrub with a toothbrush, removing food and debris from both sides.
Next, clean your dentures in a specially made denture solution, according to instructions on the package.
Gently brush your gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush.