Mouthwash is actually a pretty recent development in the oral heath world. With the invention and commercialization of mouthwash in the 90s we began seeing a variety of opinions about how helpful it would be. Some people complained that it hurt too much or was too strong. Even today dentists sometimes worry that people are replacing regular brushing or flossing with mouthwash, to the detriment of their oral health. But now, decades later, we are turning to plenty of research that is backing up our use of mouthwash.
Check out some of these benefits and decide if it’s time YOU add some mouthwash to your oral health routine. Here are the 4 Major Pros to Using Mouthwash:
- Extra Cleaning. Not to be used in place of brushing or flossing, mouthwash still offers some help with additional cleaning. Mouthwash after brushing and flossing can remove particles you’ve missed, or provide a quick clean between brushing sessions. You can also find whitening varieties which will help you teeth look cleaner and whiter.
- Fresh Breath. Even more than brushing and flossing, mouthwash can freshen your breath because it targets your tongue and all parts of your mouth. It’s a great option for on-the-go oral health, and if you just need a quick refresh. A small bottle can be stored in a purse or desk drawer for after lunch or on-the-go.
- Prevents Plaque Build-up. Only brushing and flossing can actually remove plaque, but mouthwash can strengthen teeth and prevent particles from sticking and becoming plaque. You may notice much less plaque on your teeth when you use mouthwash, and it can be a great step for kids.
- Prevent Cavities. Studies have shown that strengthening, anti-cavity mouthwashes can prevent cavities from forming in a well-brushed mouth. Be sure to get a mouthwash with fluoride, which will strengthen your teeth and prevent the tiny holes on the surface. This can be particularly effective for children who may not get enough calcium in their diet or who aren’t using perfect technique to brush twice a day.
Continue working on your oral health with careful brushing, flossing, and routine checkups and cleanings. At your next dental appointment, ask one of our expert dentists if mouthwash could help your oral health, and work together with them to find the best mouthwash and strategy that will work for you and your routine. We’re committed to helping you create your healthiest mouth!