Dear Dr. Ellie,
Hi, why do you say Closys mouth rinse should NOT be used AFTER brushing; but SHOULD be used BEFORE??? that’s crazy. A big slap on the wrist with wet, cold noodles for NOT explaining WHY you recommend Closys BEFORE brushing! Wouldn’t the brushing simply REMOVE any of the benefits of the Closys that I JUST rinsed with????
This is a good question and I need to put more about this on the website. The answer is buried in the booklet but it is a free download.
Closys is most useful for adults with gum disease and gum problems. Closys is a great cleaner it seems to lift the dirt and debris out from under the gums, so that you can easily brush the bad stuff away.
I am a keen gardener and I often have dirty hands after this work. One day I had tried to clean my hands with soap but the dirt was lodged under my cuticles. I put a drop of Closys on my hands and worked it around my finger nails. Then I washed by hands with soap all the dirt was gone!
This is the same action that I believe you get by using the Closys first before you brush your teeth. I find it seems to lift the debris out of pockets around the teeth and helps people clean areas that are almost un-cleanable any other way.
Second problem mainly women is acidic saliva. Acidic saliva makes teeth soft and easily worn away by any kind of abrasive like toothpaste brushed onto our teeth. This is a problem for people who drink anything acidic before they brush their teeth at night. Beer, wine, coffee, soda (even diet) juice etc…these drinks are acidic and will soften the outer enamel of your teeth.
If you pick up a toothbrush and start brushing it is easy to erode or wear away the softened enamel of your teeth.
Closys is pH balanced. This means it takes away the acidity before you begin brushing your teeth.
You could eat a Zellie mint or use a salt mouth rinse before your brush to take away the acidity. Both would remove mouth acidity but you will not get the extra cleaning qualities.
I hope this explains why I suggest you use the Closys before your brush your teeth.
The reason I say NOT to add the flavor is based on observation it just does not seem to work as well for people when they add the flavor. I have no clinical research just patient results!
Thanks so much for your question please let me know if you have any other concerns.
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623