With so many options available, many people question if mouthwash is a necessary component of their oral health care routine. While the short answer is “No,” there is more behind this answer. Keep reading to learn whether you can benefit from mouthwash or if your mouth is being kept healthy without it.
Mouthwash is not necessary for those who brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss every single day. These two steps, combined with regular dental cleanings, are enough to keep the mouth healthy. However, if you are not flossing every day and brushing multiple times a day, keep reading.
Every day, the mouth is bombarded by acid-producing bacteria that grows in the dental plaque inside the mouth. These bacteria are attracted to the food particles left behind after eating and drinking, especially the sugar from the foods that you eat. As these bacteria work to break down the leftover food particles, they produce more and more acids. These acids not only break down the particles from eating – they also start attacking the teeth and gums. The only way to remove the bacteria from your mouth is to remove the plaque from your mouth. While brushing helps to loosen plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, only floss can reach the tight spaces between the teeth to remove plaque that forms there. If you are not flossing, then your mouth is continually being assaulted by acid-producing bacteria that cause cavities and tooth decay.
Mouthwash is a tool that helps to kill bacteria inside the mouth. It will not remove plaque from the mouth, but it will kill the bacteria that make up the plaque so that they do not do damage to the teeth. Mouthwash with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval will work to prevent cavities and fight gum disease.
There is no substitute for proper oral health care – which includes flossing every single day. At Heubner Smiles, we want all of our patients to achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile that will last for years to come. Contact us to learn more about mouthwash and whether it will be a beneficial component to your oral health care routine.