Why Is Using Mouthwash Essential?

Why Is Using Mouthwash Essential?

Posted by DR. PENG on Mar 17 2022, 12:30 AM

Why Is Using Mouthwash Essential?

Do oral rinses actually prevent gum disease and cavities? Many have plenty of doubts regarding the use of mouthwashes. Yes, brushing your teeth well twice a day and flossing daily can make your teeth healthy. However, most dentists highly recommend adding mouthwash to your morning and evening routine to help improve your oral health. 

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Steps in Using Mouthwashes

As per your preference, you can use mouthwash before or after brushing. Pour 10ml of mouthwash in cap and do not dilute with water unless specifically mentioned on the label.

For 30 seconds to 1 minute, swish the liquid in your mouth. Follow the directions mentioned on the product label.

If you are using a fluoride mouth rinse then you need to wait for at least half an hour before you rinse, eat or drink again. Its because fluoride ions take time to diffuse into the teeth’s enamel

Spit out the liquid once you're done. You should make sure that you don’t swallow the liquid inside.

Benefits of Using Mouthwash 

It Removes Lodged Food Particles

Food particles get stuck between your teeth and form a feeding ground for mouth bacteria leading to tooth decay. During rinsing of mouthwashes, the stuck food particles loosen and get expelled.

It Freshens Your Breath

Mouthwashes with antimicrobials kill bacteria that cause bad breath. It makes your breath smell nice longer than brushing and flossing alone can.  

It Fights Cavities and Strengthens Teeth

When teeth are exposed to acids produced by bacteria, the fluoride in teeth erodes, leading to tooth decay. Using mouthwashes with fluoride ingredients shields your teeth from cavities, hence strengthening the enamel.

Factors That Need to Be Noted:

  • Mouthwashes are not recommended for use by children below 6 years old.
  • There is alternative dental care to using mouthwash such as salt-water rinses and essential oils such as peppermint, lemongrass, clove, orange, etc.
  • Mouthwashes can be helpful or harmful, depending on how you use them. Oral health varies from person to person. Your dentist can recommend the type of mouthwash that is suitable for you.


Visit iSmile Digital Design Center at 1151 Bethel Road Suite #303, Columbus OH 43220  for inquiries and stress-free dental procedures. Call us at  (614) 459-3229 to schedule an appointment.

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