There has been a lot of debating recently on whether mouthwash is effective or even necessary in the first place. Claims that mouthwash might actually be dangerous are not entirely unfounded but recent studies show what there are a number of benefits of using mouthwash. It is not simply about whether mouthwash is good for you per se but whether you are using the right one. You may need to speak to your dentist to recommend a good brand that you can use along with daily brushing and flossing.
The debate aside, there are a few great benefits for using mouthwash every day after brushing.
Brushing and flossing may take away most of the plaque and bacteria but there is no harm in taking an extra precaution. Most good mouthwash has excellent antibacterial qualities which is great for areas that you might have missed. Gurgling also takes care of any bacteria that might have been left in the very back of the mouth where a toothbrush cannot reach.
A number of brands are specifically formulated to brighten or whiten teeth. If used consistently for a long time, you may begin to see a noticeable difference in your teeth shade. This beats paying for an expensive laser treatment.
Fight Bad Breath
Mouthwash is also a nice complementary product to use along with brushing for fighting bad breath. Again, swirling or gurgling the mouthwash reaches areas where you wouldn’t be able to reach with a toothbrush. Mouthwash also specifically fights halitosis which is the bacteria responsible for bad breath.
A mouthwash is portable so you can carry it with you to use after meals of after snacking. The anti-bacterial qualities help to eliminate plaque and food debris that you might otherwise have sticking around throughout the day. Leaving plaque to accumulate in the teeth eventually hardens into tartar which is much harder to remove even with flossing and brushing.
Mouthwash contains fluoride which promotes strong teeth. A regular dose of fluoride can help protect against cavities. Note that there is such a thing as too much fluoride, which can erode your tooth, enamel. Watch how much fluoride is in your dental hygiene products. Also remember that most tap water contains fluoride.
Most dentists would recommend that you use a mouthwash. The only word of caution is to check the product's label for a seal of approval from the American Dental Association.