Should I Use Mouthwash or Just Brush My Teeth?

Should I Use Mouthwash or Just Brush My Teeth?

Should I Use Mouthwash or Just Brush My Teeth?

Brushing and flossing the teeth are two of the most basic and crucial oral hygiene steps everyone should take. They are often considered the foundation of optimum oral hygiene. In addition to these, using mouthwash can provide added advantages that further inhibit the growth of harmful microbes in your mouth.

What Is mouthwash?

A mouthwash is an oral rinsing liquid used on the teeth, gums, tongue, and soft inner lining of the mouth. It contains a strong antiseptic to eliminate the bacteria that dwell on the oral tissues. Most people use a mouthwash to either freshen their breath or prevent their teeth from developing cavities. However, avoid using mouthwash as an alternative for brushing and flossing because they work differently.

What Is the Right Way to Use Mouthwash?

Start with brushing your teeth using fluoride-rich toothpaste and a soft- or medium-bristled toothbrush. Once you’re done brushing, use a piece of floss to get rid of the food residue and microbial deposits from the intersections of your teeth. After thoroughly brushing and flossing, gargle your mouth with water to wash away the debris.

Wait for a few minutes before using mouthwash because it could rinse away the fluoride from your mouth if you use it right after brushing your teeth. So, let the fluoride adhere to the porous enamel first. Then, pour a cup of the mouthwash into the measuring cup provided with the product. Use only as much mouthwash as suggested on the product, which would ideally be between three to five teaspoons.

Once you pour it into your mouth, swish it around so that it reaches all the remote corners of the mouth. While doing so, gargle for about 30 seconds. Make sure you do not swallow even a tiny bit of the mouthwash, as it is not meant to be ingested. Spit it out when you’re done. You can use a mouthwash either once or twice every day or as recommended by your dentist.

What Are the Advantages of Mouthwash?

  • Mouthwash helps prevent mouth ulcers, gum disease, inflammation of the soft tissues, etc.
  • It significantly reduces bad breath and helps you maintain fresher breath for longer.
  • It slows down the formation of plaque on the teeth, especially at the intersections.
  • It has fluoride that helps make your enamel stronger and prevent the formation of cavities.

Please reach out to us to schedule a consultation with our dentist, and we’ll guide you further. Please call Picacho Dental at (928) 344-3177 or reach us through online consultation.


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