Should you be using mouthwash?

Do you use mouthwash as part of your daily oral hygiene routine? If not, why not read ahead to find out a bit about the benefits of mouthwash and decide whether it’s worth incorporating mouthwash into your daily routine?

What is it?

Mouthwash is a liquid which is swilled around the mouth as a means of caring for your teeth and mouth. There are a variety of mouthwashes on the market and different products will cater for different aspects of your oral care. Some will be formulated for sensitive teeth, some for whitening, some for protecting your tooth enamel. It is best to discuss with your dentist the appropriate option for you but as a general rule, choosing an alcohol-free mouthwash which contains fluoride is a safe option.

You will also be able to purchase different flavours so you can opt for one that tastes most pleasant for you!

When should you use it?

Contrary to popular belief, mouthwash shouldn’t actually be used just after brushing your teeth. Toothpaste leaves a protective barrier upon your teeth and using mouthwash straight after may wash away this barrier, so lessening the protective effect of toothpaste. Try and use mouthwash at other points in the day, one to two times a day – e.g. after lunch or last thing at night if you usually brush your teeth after breakfast and dinner. Try and leave at least an hour between brushing your teeth and using mouthwash.

What else should you know?

Mouthwash is a great addition to an oral hygiene regime but should be used alongside regular brushing, never as a replacement. While mouthwash will help reduce plaque, and therefore reduces tooth erosion, it is not as effective at brushing and flossing at removing debris left from your food, a cause of plaque formation.

If you are concerned or have any questions about using mouthwash, call us on 01603 621613. You could also share any questions or comments on our Facebook page.