Mouthwash or No Mouthwash?

Mouthwash or No Mouthwash?Judging by the commercials on television, it seems like mouthwash is as important as toothpaste. But have you ever given serious thought to this? Is mouthwash actually vital for healthy gums and teeth? Well, the short answer to that question is no.

But since when has curiosity ever been satisfied with a short answer? Yes, we are about to go deep into this discussion – mouthwash or no mouthwash?

Oral Hygiene- Your Routine

When it comes to oral hygiene, you hardly ever hear the mention of mouthwash. The routine goes like this – brush after every meal, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly. Mouthwash is not necessary in order to maintain healthy teeth.

Almost all of the mouthwashes are designed to clean the outer surface of your teeth. If you don’t brush your teeth at least twice a day, the bacteria can seep in and settle into the plaque. Since mouthwash does not have the ability to penetrate through the plaque, it is useless.

Does Mouthwash Work?

Experts believe that mouthwash plays a trivial role in protecting the teeth from gum disease and plaque. If you brush and floss your teeth, mouthwash is not needed at all. The purpose of mouthwash is to give you fresh breath. Mouthwash does not cure your bad breath. It just masks it for a small time.

Mouthwash is like putting a band-aid on an injury. It does not solve the problem, just delays it. If you don’t have good oral hygiene, mouthwash can’t help your teeth stay healthy and free from cavities.

Do you want to know something ironic? There are several companies that produce mouthwashes with alcohol. The alcohol supposedly prevents the multiplication of bacteria in your mouth. The funny part is that when the alcohol dries, it leaves behind conditions that welcome bacteria to enter your mouth! Instead of controlling the bacteria, it actually produces more. We told you it was ironic!

Issues with Bad Breath?

We also have a solution for dealing with your bad breath issue. Did you know that the bacteria that causes your breath to smell bad are actually on the back of your tongue? To get rid of bad breath, all you have to do is brush your tongue while you are brushing your teeth. This way, you will not need to rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

If you are really fond of mouthwashes, make sure that you purchase the ones that have a seal of approval from a trained professional. You can ask your dentist to give you advice on choosing the best mouthwash that contains antibacterial ingredients.

Remember, in order to escape bacteria and cavities, you have to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Following are a few tips on how to keep your teeth healthy:

  • Don’t rush while brushing, brush for at least two to three minutes
  • Use a soft bristled brush
  • Floss your teeth properly
  • Slide the floss between your teeth at least three times
  • Switch up the pattern of your brushing to make sure you reach every nook and corner
  • Change toothbrushes after every three months
  • Visit your dentist regularly

For more information on mouthwash or any other aspect of your oral health routine, give Paul Mansky Dental a call today.  Our office is located in Troy, Michigan and we can be reached at (248) 689-5508.  We hope to hear from you soon!