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Should I Use Mouthwash?


Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Mouthwash on a counter
Mouthwash is a solution used to rinse your teeth and gums. It contains antibacterial compounds, sodium fluoride, and essential oils to help prevent tooth decay and freshen your breath. While mouthwash can help combat dental caries, it does not replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is typically a supplementary product used to improve dental hygiene. A dentist may recommend mouthwash and other remedies for fighting various oral problems.

Benefits of Using Mouthwash


Mouthwash or oral rinse may have various benefits if you adhere to the recommended guidelines. It helps neutralize odors, ensuring fresh breath. It also helps prevent plaque buildup by removing stuck food particles.

Mouthwash stops cavities from developing by killing harmful oral bacteria. Antiseptic mouthwash can help treat gum disease and soothe canker sores. Some people use mouthwash to reduce sensitivity and whiten the teeth. The effectiveness of the product depends on its composition.

When Not to Use Mouthwash


While mouthwash can have several benefits, there are instances when you should refrain from using it for your dental care routine. Some mouthwashes contain alcohol that can erode the tooth enamel, increasing tooth sensitivity.

Overusing mouthwash can also kill good bacteria and wreck the balance of your dental microbiome. Using mouthwash can also mask the underlying problem, causing you to skip dental visits. Moreover, avoid using mouthwash if you experience irritation or notice staining.

Tips for Using Mouthwash Correctly


If you choose to use mouthwash, observe the recommended guidelines. Ideally, you are advised to use mouthwash once a day. Select the appropriate time to use mouthwash, such as in the evening before bedtime or the afternoon after lunch. Avoid using oral rinse immediately after brushing. The product will wash away fluoride from your mouth, increasing the likelihood of dental problems. Lastly, avoid eating or drinking anything for at least half an hour after using mouthwash.

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