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The Pros and Cons of Mouthwash

  • By Dona Prince
  • 15 April, 2015

For many people, rinsing with mouthwash has been a normal part of the their oral hygiene routine for as long as they can remember. For others, they choose to stay away from mouthwash because they feel that it isn’t important to their routine and may actually be harmful. Depending on who you talk to, mouthwash is good and bad. Here we’ll break down some of the pros and cons of it.

Pro: You’re less likely to get cavities

There are a lot of benefits to fluoride, and rinsing with it does reduce the number of cavities you will get over time. While it’s important to know that the right mouthwash can help in this area of cleaning your teeth and gums, mouthwash cannot replace the importance of brushing and flossing. No matter what the benefits of a mouthwash are, it should always be paired with the proper overall care.

Con: It’s just a cover up when it comes to your breath

If your main purpose for using mouthwash is to get rid of bad breath, then you should know that it is just covering up a bigger problem. You’ll want to talk to your dentist about your options when it comes to getting rid of bad breath for good. Often it has more to do with your diet and brushing techniques than the amount of mouthwash you use.

Pro: It protects you during your pregnancy

The oral health of a woman is very important during her pregnancy. Gum disease can produce a bacteria that, once entered into the woman’s bloodstream, could actually cause her to have a preterm birth. The important factor to remember with this is that there is a huge variety of mouthwashes available today from homemade remedies to manufacturer produced products and they all have different ingredients. Ask your dentist which type of wash is going to give you the safest protection.

Pro & Con: Canker sore relief or pain?

When it comes to canker sores, it depends on the ingredients of the mouthwash. Too much alcohol content in your mouthwash can be a bad thing, and when you rinse, you may experience a pain or burning feeling on your canker sore. This is only going to make it more irritated and frustrating to deal with.

On the other hand, some mouthwash brands can actually be soothing because they clean out the bacteria around the canker sore. This helps in healing and the way the sore feels afterwards. You will feel relief and be able to move on with your day because throbbing pain in your mouth can be a huge distraction.

Is mouthwash right for you?

If you have questions about mouthwash and whether or not you should be using it as part of your teeth cleaning routine, talk to your dentist about the best options for you. Remember, mouthwash is not a substitution for brushing and flossing, but may have specific benefits to your particular needs!