Although brushing your teeth is effective against plaque, adding mouthwash to the mix can be more effective that just brushing alone. Using mouthwash has many benefits, including significantly reducing the amount of plaque that sticks to your teeth which can make you less susceptible to having oral health concerns such as gingivitis or cavities.
In a study done with 139 adults from the U.S., plaque was reduced by 26.3% for those using a germ killing mouthwash, compared to those using a placebo. Gingivitis was also reduced by 20.4% for those using a germ killing mouthwash.
Using mouthwash is effective because it helps kill plaque and bacteria on all surfaces of your mouth and in between your teeth. Using mouthwash in addition to brushing and flossing has the following benefits.
Mouthwash can effectively:
- Be quick and easy to use
- Remove particles that may be attached to your teeth
- Kill bacteria and germs
- Give you a thorough clean when used with brushing and flossing
- Freshen your breath
- Work to avoid oral problems, including cavities and gingivitis
- Reach all tooth surfaces
Once you’ve decided you want to add mouthwash to your oral health routine, you need to consider which mouthwash is right for you. Here are some things to consider when choosing a mouthwash for you:
- Do you want mouthwash with or without alcohol?
- Do you have sensitive teeth?
- Do you want mouthwash to control plaque? To freshen your breath? Or both?
If you’re not sure about what type of mouthwash would be right for you, visit a 123Dentist.com location today! A dentist or dental hygienist would be happy to give you some suggestions about what type of mouthwash would be right for you.