Can You Use Mouthwash as a Substitute for Brushing Your Teeth?

Can You Use Mouthwash as a Substitute for Brushing Your Teeth?

Posted by DENTAL HEALTH PC on Feb 7 2022, 08:36 AM

Brushing your teeth protects them from decay and cavities, while mouthwash provides an extra layer of protection. But is it wise to replace brushing your teeth with mouthwash? The answer is no. 

If you still have doubts about this, you can consult Dr. Kendall S. Wood or Dr. Matthew C. Schapper at Dental Health PC in Corvallis, Oregon. 

Until then, let us first find out all about mouthwash.

What Is Mouthwash?

Mouthwash is an antiseptic liquid used as a mouth rinse that kills harmful bacteria. As per the American Dental Association, a mouthwash has therapeutic properties and can protect against cavities and can also control gingivitis.

Benefits of Mouthwash

  • Fresh Breath

Mouthwash kills the bad bacteria that produce bad breath, thereby giving you a fresh breath.

  • Prevents Plaque

Mouthwash helps prevent the accumulation of plaque between and on the surface of the teeth. However, it cannot completely eliminate the plaque that already exists.

  • Fight Against Cavities

Some mouthwash brands contain fluoride, which helps fight against cavities and strengthen enamel.

  • Whitening Teeth

Hydrogen peroxide in mouthwash is found to be useful in whitening and strengthening your teeth, improving your overall smile.

What Functions Does Brushing Accomplish That Mouthwash Doesn’t? 

Plaque is a sticky coating of bacteria formed over time. If plaque isn't removed when it is soft, it hardens to form calculus and becomes difficult to remove. The absolute best way to get rid of plaque is by scrubbing and rinsing, best done by a toothbrush.

Why Not Use Mouthwash Instead of Brushing? 

A swoosh of antiseptic liquid cannot flush out the food particles between your teeth and the calculus on your teeth. The minty fresh smell you get after using mouthwash doesn't mean your mouth is clean. It is due to the flavors present in the mouthwash. 

There is nothing better than brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Mouthwash is a valuable addition to your oral hygiene. It will complement brushing but can never substitute it. The mouthwash you choose should contain fluoride and minimum alcohol.

To know more about using mouthwash as a substitute for brushing your teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wood or Dr. Schapper. Call us at (541) 757-1829, schedule an appointment online, or visit us at Dental Health PC, 869 NW 23rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97330.

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