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Mutes I would recommend using something like this: http://www.bill-lewington.com/saxmute.htm It does soften the sound by about 50% for B flat clarinet. Unfortunately, I don't believe that there is a mute made for an E flat clarinet. Another thing you can do is play your clarinet into your closet so that the clothing drowns out the sound. Earplugs ...
I don't think this is a big deal. I don't think that brushing/using mouthwash is necessary, just washing out your mouth to get the food out of your mouth should be enough. In fact, it's sometimes recommended to soak your reed in mouthwash if it starts to smell bad. As long as you aren't using a VERY sugary/basic substance, it should be fine.
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