Is Mouthwash Necessary?

There are many things that can benefit your oral health, but if you want to understand the necessary steps to proper oral health you need only know three things: floss daily, brush at least twice a day, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. But what about rinsing with mouthwash?

If you take a look around the dental health aisle at your local drug store you will see an array of options for different types and flavors of mouthwash, all claiming to benefit your oral health. Are those claims valid? Does that mean you should implement rinsing with mouthwash every day?

Mouthwash was designed as a tool to compliment a good oral hygiene routine. Using mouthwash along with flossing daily and brushing your teeth at least twice a day can create the most optimal environment inside your mouth. However, many people want to rely on mouthwash to do a job that it was not intended to do: take the place of flossing and/or brushing. As much as you may avoid flossing your teeth each day, no amount of mouthwash can take the place of this indispensable tool for cleaning your teeth. You may even be shocked to learn that flossing your teeth is more important than brushing them – that is because bacteria-laden plaque builds up in the tight spots between your teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. If this plaque is not removed on a daily basis, your mouth is destined for cavities and gum disease.

Mouthwash is meant to be used alongside a good oral health routine. However, those who struggle to keep up good oral health care habits can find benefit from using mouthwash. Antibacterial mouthwash was designed to kill bacteria inside the mouth in order to prevent cavities and lower the risk for gum disease. Many people are more prone to developing cavities and gum disease due to genetics, medical conditions, medications, or poor oral hygiene habits. For those, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can help them fight off more damage. It is always essential that you choose a mouthwash that has the American Dental Association’s (ADA’s) seal of approval so that you know that it contains proven ingredients to protect your mouth.

If you have questions about how mouthwash can benefit the health of your mouth, contact South Texas Dental today. We are here to help you achieve optimal oral health.

Posted on Behalf of South Texas Dental 

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