3 Reasons You Should Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash & Your Dental Routine

Mouthwash - Dental Routine

Your dental routine is one of the most important activities you do every morning and every evening. This routine should include the following:

  1. Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush for two minutes twice a day. Preferably once in the morning and once at night.
  2. Cleaning in between your teeth with dental string floss, a floss pick, or a water floss/pick. Remember to do this at least once a day to remove any leftover food stuck in between teeth.
  3. Use mouthwash, preferably with fluoride, after every time you brush and/or floss.

The routine you do at home is important to make sure you maximize your dental and oral health. Some people may only use mouthwash or may not use mouthwash at all if they are in a rush or don’t feel like doing the whole routine.

While we never agree with only using mouthwash, it is one of the most important parts of the dental routine. Using mouthwash maximizes your oral health for both preventative dentistry and breath.

Why Using Mouthwash is Important

1. Mouthwash kills the bacteria that grows in your mouth

Brushing teeth removes plaque on your enamel, and flossing rids your teeth of unwanted and stuck foods, but mouthwash completely eliminates the bacteria that is growing and manifesting in your mouth. The elimination of bacteria keeps your dental health in good standing by reaching those areas you can’t get to manually.

To get the benefits that mouthwash offers, you want to choose a mouthwash that offers at least one of the following:

These antiseptics get into all of the hard-to-reach places like between the teeth and in the back to kill the bacteria making a home in those areas. Fluoride is also an extremely important part of mouthwash that you want to make sure is present in the mouthwash you use. Fluoride reduces the acid tolerance of bacteria to help prevent cavities and strengthen the gums

2. Prevents gum disease

Mouthwash eliminates the number of bacteria in the mouth, and this directly affects the amount of plaque that forms on and in between the teeth. The removal of this plaque, while can be done through brushing and flossing, is maximized with the use of mouthwash. This is because it reaches the areas in the back that may be hard to reach and areas below the gums that are nearly impossible to clean out.

Mouthwash also cleans every surface of the mouth, like the tongue and cheeks, to eliminate those bacteria that your toothbrush or floss may not be able to eliminate.

By adding this to your daily dental routine, you will be able to better prevent periodontal disease or gum disease.

3. Eliminates bad breath

As previously mentioned, mouthwash eliminates the bacteria that builds up in the mouth that indirectly cause bad breath.

Only utilizing brushing and flossing to rid yourself of bad breath is not enough. Mouthwash maximizes the elimination of bad breath for a longer and more optimized period of time.

If you are not rinsing out your mouth after flossing and brushing, the bacteria you have raked off may still be sitting in your mouth, which will keep your mouth smelling bad. Mouthwash is the next step to eliminating the problem and holding you over until your next at-home oral cleaning.

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