FAQs – on Mouthwash

FAQs - on Mouth Wash

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Lalit Kr. Goel

Last Updated on October 6, 2021 by The Health Master

FAQs – on Mouthwash

Mouthwash, also called oral rinse, is a liquid product used to rinse your teeth, gums, and mouth. It usually contains an antiseptic to kill harmful bacteria that can live between your teeth and on your tongue. Some people use mouthwash to fight against bad breath, while others use it to try to prevent tooth decay.

1. Q: Whether mouthwash which is available with recommended use to take care of bad breadth, plague or gums issues etc falls under the definition of “drug” or “cosmetic” under the D& C Act 1940?

Ans:    Mouthwash is a “drug” under section 3b(i) of the D & C Act 1940.

2. Q:    Under which category “Mouthwash” falls as far as Schedule M is concerned?

Ans:    It is an external preparation and can be manufactured in external preparation section as per condition given in schedule M part 1-D and separate area should be provided in the section to avoid mixing of product to be manufactured for internal use.

3. Q:    Whether any special provisions exist for packings of “Mouthwash” under Rule 105?

Ans:    No, such products can be manufactured in any pack size.

4. Q:    Whether Mouthwash are covered under schedule H drugs?

Ans: The composition of mouthwash decides about their inclusion under Schedule H. Mouthwash containing schedule H drugs / ingredients are covered under schedule H drugs.

5. Q:    What is the therapeutic use of mouthwash?

Ans:    Gargle of the buckle buccal cavity, cleansing of buccal / overall cavity, to provide freshness in mouth, etc.

6. Q:    Whether this Mouthwash attract Legal Metrology (Packed Commodities) Rules 2011?

Ans:    No, as it is exempted from Legal Metrology (Packed Commodities) Rules 2011.

7. Q:    Whether definition of Mouthwash is given in Drug and Cosmetics Act?

Ans:    Definition of mouthwash was not defined under the Act, but as per clinical use, it is drug. 

How to use mouthwash

Product directions may vary according to which mouthwash brand you use. Always follow package instructions over what you read in an article.

Here are the basic instructions for most kinds of mouthwash.

1. Brush your teeth first

Start by thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth.

If you’re brushing with fluoride toothpaste, wait a while before using mouthwash. The mouthwash can wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste.

2. How much mouthwash to use

Pour your oral rinse of choice into the cup provided with the product or a plastic measuring cup. Use only as much mouthwash as the product instructs you to use. It’s typically between 3 and 5 teaspoons.

3. Ready, set, rinse

Empty the cup into your mouth and swish it around. Don’t swallow it. Mouthwash isn’t meant for ingesting, and it won’t work if you drink it.

While you’re rinsing, gargle for 30 seconds. You may want to set a watch or try to count to 30 in your head.

4. Spit it out

Spit the mouthwash out into the sink.


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