Whether you already use mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine, or you’re considering incorporating mouthwash into your daily teeth cleaning regimen, you might be wondering if it’s actually effective. Does it do anything, and is it really necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Find out in this blog from Vivid Smiles now!
Mouthwash is not necessary for your oral health. It’s not a substitute for brushing and flossing, and if you brush at least twice a day for two minutes and you floss once a day, chances are that using mouthwash regularly will not make a huge difference.
Brushing and flossing are more effective than mouthwash because they involve direct contact with the surfaces of your teeth. The friction and motion of brushing and flossing helps remove bacteria, plaque, food debris, and acid. While mouthwash can be helpful for your oral health, it doesn’t involve the same level of contact with your teeth, and it simply can’t remove the same level of plaque and bacteria from your mouth.
That’s not to say it’s useless, however. If you incorporate it into your oral hygiene routine alongside brushing and flossing, mouthwash can kill bacteria in your mouth, strengthen your teeth, and prevent gum disease. Clinical studies have shown that using mouthwash can eliminate bacteria that cause gingivitis, and improve your oral health.
So, how should you use mouthwash if you choose to incorporate it into your oral hygiene routine? Here are a few of our recommendations.
We hope this blog has helped you learn more about mouthwash. Adding mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine will help keep your breath fresh and can help kill bacteria, as long as you maintain proper brushing and flossing habits, so feel free to do so.
Want more information about proper dental care? Overdue for a teeth cleaning and oral exam in Terre Haute? At Vivid Smiles, Dr. Roshini Durga Paruchuri and Dr. Nilanchal Sahai are here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (812) 803-2340 to schedule your appointment, and take control of your oral health.