Does mouthwash actually work?
The answer is YES! But it also depends on what we expect mouthwash to do for us.
Mouthwash does NOT replace:
What mouthwash does:
- Freshen breath
- Helps to control bacteria
- Assists in controlling gingivitis, and periodontitis (gum disease)
Here’s a comparison:
Showering daily traditionally includes shampoo, soap, and a rinse. After a nice shower, it is common to dry off and apply deodorant to control perspiration and odors caused by certain bacteria. Much the same as shampoo and soap is used to clean the surfaces of our body, daily brushing and flossing remove debris and reduce bacteria. Mouthwash, like deodorant, is often applied after cleaning the surfaces in the mouth. It freshens breath, decreases and controls bacteria, and can assist in preventing gingivitis and periodontitis.
As long as we use mouthwash for its intended purpose, and not as a replacement of brushing and flossing, it can help achieve good oral hygiene.
Tips for using mouthwash safely with children.
Often a child will swallow the mouthwash as opposed to spitting it out. One way to provide mouthwash to a child is to dip the toothbrush in a capful of mouthwash. Then apply this to the teeth and you can even allow the child to chew on the toothbrush bristles.
- It helps get rid of bacteria
- Freshens breath
- Can help prevent cavities