4 oral health benefits of using mouthwash
Brushing, flossing and mouth-washing go together like Rock, Paper, Scissors. They’re a terrific trio, and are not so effective if they work alone.
Wait, what’s that? You don’t use mouthwash? You should. Because alongside brushing and flossing, using mouthwash daily is imperative to keeping your gums and teeth healthy.
4 ORAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF USING MOUTHWASH
#1. It helps prevent plaque build-up.
A mouth plagued by plaque is an unhappy mouth. Many mouthwashes help prevent plaque building up on the surface of your teeth and gums in-between brushing. Unfortunately they’re unable to reduce the plaque already on your teeth, though, which reinforces why brushing and flossing are so important when it comes to maintaining a clean mouth.
#2. It helps stop cavities from forming.
Mouthwashes that contain fluoride can prevent cavities by strengthening your tooth enamel, which prevents decay from occurring. Just be sure to read the label of your mouthwash before purchasing as not all contain fluoride. Try: Sensodyne Gentle Mouthwash.
#3. It can enable you to target plaque.
Some mouthwashes contain tinting ingredients that slightly stain the plaque on your teeth so you can target your brushing and flossing to those problematic areas. They’re mostly aimed at kids, but hey, sometimes adults need a push in the right direction too, right?
#4. It makes your breath fresh.
No one likes stinky breath. No one. So why not treat yourself – and those around you – to minty fresh breath by rinsing your mouth with a freshening wash before leaving the house. Try: Colgate Plax Ice.
One last thing…
Never dilute mouthwash. Just don’t. It’ll be ineffective otherwise. And don’t rinse your mouth with water after swishing mouthwash around your mouth either. Doing so will prevent the fluoride from coating your teeth, which kind of defeats the purpose, really.
Do you brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash on a daily basis? How often do you use mouthwash? Will you be utilising its oral health benefits from now on?