Is Mouthwash Necessary?

A stop on any drug store’s oral health care aisle will supply plenty of options for toothbrush colors, toothpaste flavors, and bottles of mouthwash. While your dentist has repeatedly reminded you about the importance of brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, you may not have heard much information regarding mouthwash. Yet, with all of the options available you may begin to question if mouthwash is necessary for keeping your mouth healthy.

The simple answer is no. Yet, not everyone needs a simple answer. Many people can benefit from the daily use of mouthwash. Keep reading to find out whether a simple answer or a more complex one applies to you.

For people who are avid flossers and teeth brushers, mouthwash is not a needed or necessary component to their daily oral health care routine. Tooth decay is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque is laden with acid-producing bacteria that eat away at the tooth enamel and infect the gums, causing very serious consequences. Flossing and brushing is the only way that you can remove plaque buildup from your teeth on a daily basis. If you are flossing and brushing your teeth every single day, then mouthwash is not a necessary component because you are already doing exactly what you need to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

However, many people are not avid flossers and they occasionally skip brushing their teeth. Mouthwash was made for these people! Mouthwash will not remove plaque from the teeth, but an antibacterial mouthwash will kill the bacteria that live inside the plaque so that they cannot cause damage to your teeth. Your dentist will still need to scrape your teeth a good bit at dental appointments in order to remove the plaque buildup that has occurred over the last few months because without flossing and brushing the plaque will remain.

Nothing should take the place of flossing your teeth daily and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. However, if you are not consistent in performing these dental habits at home, adding mouthwash can benefit the health of your mouth. Contact Meadow Brook Family Dental today to learn more.

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