Is Mouthwash Necessary?

Mouthwash does more than make your breath smell good. While brushing cleans the surface of your teeth and flossing removes bacteria in between them, mouthwash reaches every part of your mouth. Let’s talk about how else mouthwash can benefit you!

Mouthwash…

1. Fights tooth decay and gingivitis 

Most importantly, mouthwash has been proven to fight tooth decay and gingivitis. According to a study done by Johnson & Johnson, mouthwash users can expect a 20.4 percent reduction in gingivitis.

2. Freshens breath

Mouthwash temporarily reduces bad breath. There are plenty of flavors to choose from, so you can choose something different every time.

3. Prevents plaque build-up

Mouthwash can reduce plaque by 26.3 percent, but it’s important to know that it cannot get rid of the plaque that currently exists in your mouth. It can only prevent build-up, so make sure to brush and floss as well to remove current plaque.

4. Removes particles

If used before brushing and flossing, mouthwash can help remove particles that are hard to reach or that can be missed by brushing and flossing.

5. Can stop cavities from forming

Using mouthwash with fluoride can prevent cavities and strengthen your enamel. Make sure to read the label to see if it has fluoride. 

So while brushing and flossing is beneficial, adding mouthwash to your daily habits can improve your dental hygiene greatly.

Even if you already have a gum disease or tooth decay, it isn’t too late to change your habits. Mouthwash has been proven to help stop issues and improve overall dental health. But don’t just take our word for it. It takes less than a minute, so try it out and let us know if you see a difference!

Dr. Bryan Austin and his team of dentists in Little Rock and Maumelle, Arkansas can help you create the smile you’ve been dreaming of this season at our award-winning Arkansas family dental practice. Click HERE to schedule a consultation with us today!