Is Mouthwash Necessary?

A good daily mouth care routine is necessary for your dental health. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing daily, and using mouthwash is a healthy habit for most people. But is mouthwash necessary? Let’s explore what mouthwash does for you and when you should use it.

Why Use Mouthwash?

Mouthwash gives your mouth a clean, fresh feeling and reassures you that your breath is fresh. It also has benefits for your overall oral health. Using mouthwash helps reduce the bacteria in your mouth, which reduces the amount of dental plaque that forms.

Regular use of mouthwash helps prevent periodontal disease and, if the mouthwash contains fluoride, reduces cavities when used correctly.

If you brush your teeth well, twice a day, and floss daily, mouthwash is not strictly necessary. However, most dentists highly recommend adding mouthwash to your morning and evening routine.

What Kind of Mouthwash is Best?

There are different kinds of mouthwash available. Some are best for people with dry mouth, sensitive teeth, mouth sores, or recent dental surgery. For most people, a mouthwash with fluoride is best and provides the needed benefits. At Westend Dental, we can help you evaluate your specific needs and recommend the best mouthwash for you.

No matter which kind of mouthwash you choose, look for a mouthwash that has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval. The seal assures you that you are using a mouthwash that will combat cavities and help prevent periodontal disease.

How to Use Mouthwash?

It is important to note that mouthwash alone is not enough. It is best used after the teeth are thoroughly cleaned by brushing and flossing.  Use mouthwash on clean teeth, swishing it around in the mouth and gargle with it at the back of the throat. Spit the mouthwash out. It is best to use mouthwash at the end of your brushing routine and allow it to remain on the teeth and gums, without rinsing.

Mouthwash kills bacteria on the surface of the mouth and teeth. It does not address the underlying causes of bad breath or dental problems. Use it as a finishing rinse, but don’t expect it to cure all dental problems.

Westend Dental recommends daily use of mouthwash for improved oral health.

Understanding Preventive Care for Your Mouth—How Westend Dental Can Help

Every mouth is different, and you may need a different routine. If you have not already, you should discuss the best way to care for your mouth with your dentist or dental hygienist. At Westend Dental, we welcome the opportunity to help you better understand your mouth. If you use a different Chicago dentist or Lincoln Park dentist, make sure you ask about the best preventative care and any other steps you need to take for best oral health.