Skipping Mouthwash Leaves Your Mouth In Harm's Way
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Michael Mettler
You already know that brushing and flossing every day is important to your oral health. You may have also heard that mouthwash is an excellent tool in your daily regimen as well. Despite this, many people decide that mouthwash isn't necessary. Skipping that rinse, however, can leave your mouth in harm's way. Read on to find out why you should not skip this important step in your daily oral care routine.
Bad Breath Germs:
One of the main uses mouthwash advertises is that it freshens your breath. Many varieties come in crisp scents like peppermint or spearmint. Your toothpaste also may come in these scents, leading you to believe that it is enough. However, mouthwash also has antibacterial agents in it that help kill the germs that cause bad breath, something your toothpaste likely does not contain. Using mouthwash will leave your mouth fresher longer.
Mouthwash can't remove plaque. That's what brushing and flossing are for. Mouthwash though can prevent plaque from forming. It can also help target areas with severe buildup, letting you know the places that need extra attention while you brush. After you rinse take a close look at your mouth and see if you can see any darker areas where the mouthwash has remained after you've spit it out. These areas indicated a build up of plaque. By adding mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine, you cut down on the amount of effort needed to fend off plaque. Too much buildup can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and tooth decay.
Stubborn Food Particles:
Mouthwash is commonly used after you brush and floss, but did you know that it's beneficial beforehand as well? By swishing some mouthwash around before you start brushing, you can loosen any stubborn food particles that the bristles on your toothbrush might otherwise not be able to reach. These particles can collect, causing a whole host of problems, such as tooth decay, cavities and bad breath, no matter how often or vigorously you brush.
Brushing and flossing every day is essential to good oral hygiene, but these may not be enough to prevent all dental issues. For the most effective plan of action, be sure to add some mouthwash to your daily routine.
Please contact our team at Stone Creek Dental Care in Walla Walla if you have any questions about mouthwash's effect on your oral health.