The Answer is… Maybe!
Mouthwash, or mouth rinses, are primarily used to remove food debris after brushing and flossing. They provide a pleasant taste, freshen the breath, and (depending on the active ingredient) can also protect against plaque & bacteria, periodontal disease, and/or cavities.
So should everyone use mouthwash? Not exactly. Some people who use it will see only marginal benefits over brushing and flossing alone. Furthermore, repeated use of alcohol-based mouthwash can irritate soft tissue, damage the mucous membrane, and contribute to dry mouth (xerostomia).
Every mouth is different, so get a recommendation based on your individual needs by discussing mouthwash options with your dentist. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!
Benefits of Mouthwash
- Helps remove food debris
- Provides temporary relief of bad breath (halitosis)
- May prevent buildup up of plaque and inhibit the growth of bacteria
- May prevent periodontal (gum) disease
- Fluoridated options may prevent cavities
- Provides only temporary relief from bad breath (3-4 hours)
- Can mask the presence of periodontal disease
- Alcohol-based rinses may irritate tissues & cause dry mouth (xerostomia)
- Alcohol-based rinses may also cause intoxication and/or injury if swallowed