What is the importance of mouthwash to your teeth? True, mouthwashes are never a replacement for brushing and flossing. For some folks, their routine goes like this: brushing, flossing and rinse with mouthwash. But when you forget to rinse, it can get all messy and you sure won’t feel comfortable. But people still ask; is it really necessary to use mouthwash daily?
The answer is yes. If properly used, it can help control oral disease and tooth decay. But do you need just mouthwash for an optimal oral health? Is mouth wash even that good for your tooth? The answer is yes and no. In this article, I talk about the ups and downs plus just about every single detail you should know about the mouthwash you use every day.
Types of Mouthwash
Whether you believe it or not, an average American is suffering from bad breath. We could give out mouthwash to the whole population to clear out the bad breath but mouthwash usage isn’t just pour and swish. There is a variety of mouthwashes available and their usage varies. Depending on your needs, there are four kinds of mouthwashes:
1. Desensitizing mouthwash
This type of mouthwash contains Arginine (used to numb sensitive sides in the mouth). For best result, it is highly recommended you consult your dentist before using it.
2. Flouride Rinse
This kind of mouthwash generally contains 0.05% of Sodium Flouride for added protection against tooth decay. This kind of mouthwash is recommended for those having problem fighting off cavities.
3. Cosmetic mouthwash
This kind of mouthwash keeps your breath fresh but doesn’t really fight germs in your mouth. This kind of mouthwash only masks the bad breath instead of attacking bacteria that causes bad breath.
4. Whitening Mouthwash
Just as the name implies, it is used as a home whitening substance. This kind of mouthwash contains bleaching substance commonly called hydrogen peroxide. If you are looking to just whiten your teeth then this mouthwash is recommended
5 Benefits of Using Mouthwash
1. Helps fight gum disease: Bacteria gradually build up in your tooth when you eat. Tooth and gums can get infected and if left untreated, it can result to periodontal Diseases.
2. Gives you fresh breath: A fresh breath is a great way to start your day. A mouthwash adds this soothing fragrance to your breath.
3. Sooth sores in the mouth: Mouthwash can help sooth mouth ulcers and canker sores by detoxing it and reducing the bacteria around the affected area. (Salt water is also effective for mouth sores)
4. Minimize risk of mouth cavities: Flouride which is found in mouthwash helps in the demineralization and strengthening of the tooth.
5. Protects pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to risk of gingivitis in pregnant women. Mouthwash can help in reducing bacterial infections.
Disadvantage of Mouthwash
- Chances of getting Oral Cancer: Using Alcohol with mouthwash can lead to oral cancer. You should talk to your dentist before using mouthwash with Alcohol.
- Increased sensitivity around the tooth: some mouthwashes contains alcohol which can dissolve mucus layer in the teeth causing great sensitivity around the gum area
- Hinders the benefits in toothpaste: When used together, the chemicals in mouthwash and toothpaste cancels out the benefit of each other. It is recommended you leave a gap of 30 minutes before using mouthwash after brushing.
- Think about the monetary cost: When you brush and floss regularly, it can affect your wallet. You should minimize it unless you have gum disease or any dental problem
When Should You Use Mouthwash?
If you decide not to use mouthwash, it won’t cause any health effect but still, there are some reasons you should consider using mouthwash.
Use mouth when you suffer from the following:
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Diseases
- Bad breath
- Periodontal diseases
Appropriate Way to Use Mouthwash
If you decide to use mouthwash then you need to know the correct way to use mouthwash. You should gargle and swish for up to 1 minute. Most of the chemicals found in mouthwash only begin to work after 1 minute.
Use mouthwash alongside brushing. Please note that mouthwash gives you fresh breadth and not necessary a cure to most of the dental problems available.