We’ve all seen the mouthwash commercials and read the labels claiming how effective and instrumental they are at fighting germs and plaque and protecting our teeth and gums. You may have experienced that clean tingling feeling after gargling. You think it is working and doing something, right? You floss and brush and complete your routine with some mouthwash. But, is mouthwash necessary for a clean, healthy mouth? The short answer is “no.” While mouthwash doesn’t help much, it doesn’t hurt either. Those with strong dental hygiene habits may benefit slightly from using mouthwash.

Mouthwash is not instrumental to your dental hygiene routine because it only penetrates the plaque that resides on the surface of teeth.

How to Take Care of Your Mouth?

The plaque that causes cavities and gum disease lies deep in between teeth and around the gum line. Proper flossing allows you to scrape in between teeth as well as dig between the tooth and the gum. These areas are where germs and plaque flourish because they are hard to adequately clean. Brushing goes beyond cleaning plaque off the surface of the teeth, and cleans additional layers of the tooth.

The best way to take care of your mouth is to come into our office every six months for a cleaning and exam on top of proper, daily flossing and brushing.

Mouth wash does not do you any good if you don’t have good oral hygiene. If you don’t take the time to daily floss and brush your teeth, no amount of mouth wash will do you any good. It is like putting on perfume because you didn’t shower. The perfume temporarily masks the smell, but it doesn’t address the root problem. Similarly, mouth wash may temporarily freshen your breath, but it doesn’t really do much more than that.

Mouth wash may give you a slight edge of protection if you properly floss and brush your teeth. If your oral hygiene needs some brushing up, here some tips to help you take better care of your mouth:

Flossing:

  • Floss your teeth before you brush them
  • Wrap the dental floss around your index and middle fingers, and leave two inches between your hands
  • Slide the floss between your teeth using a “C” shape and wipe each tooth from the bottom to the top 2 to 3 times
  • Floss on both sides of every tooth, including the back molars

Brushing:

  • Use gentle, circular motions while directing the bristles of the toothbrush to where your gums and teeth meet
  • Clean all sides of every tooth
  • Brush for 2-3 minutes
  • Switch out your toothbrush every three months
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Vary your brushing pattern

At Artistic Smiles, we have a variety of services to help you restore your mouth, teeth and gums. Even if you’ve neglected oral hygiene, schedule an appointment with us and we can help you get on the right path to bringing back your beautiful smile.