There are many options for taking care of your smile. Flossing, brushing, regular dental visits, mouthwash, and more are available to help you achieve a healthy mouth. Yet, many people want to use only certain options assuming that picking and choosing will keep their smile healthy and bright. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
The most important things you can do for your oral health are flossing and regular dental visits. Yes, you read that correctly: flossing is more important than brushing, and regular dental visits are also at the top of the list. While brushing your teeth at least twice a day is incredibly beneficial, it is not the most beneficial. Please also note that mouthwash also did not make the top of the list.
Mouthwash needs to be viewed as an “extra bit of help.” Mouthwash can be very beneficial, but it is not meant to do the job of flossing, professional dental cleanings, or even brushing. Mouthwash is an add-on that can benefit those who are prone to cavities, those who suffer from gingivitis, and those that do not floss regularly.
Mouthwash is a rinse that has ingredients that kill bacteria inside the mouth. Harmful bacteria are always present inside the mouth, and if they are not removed daily through the process of flossing, they are growing at an exponential rate. Mouthwash can successfully kill bacteria, but it will not remove the harmful buildup of bacteria-laden plaque. When plaque is not removed from the teeth, it hardens into tartar. Tartar is a calcified substance that is very difficult to remove; and if it is not removed, it will eventually eat its way through the tooth enamel. If you hate having your teeth scraped at the dentist’s office, then you need to add flossing to your daily oral routine.
Mouthwash was not created to be a substitute for proper oral care. Flossing, brushing, and regular dental visits must be done regularly in order to promote a healthy mouth. For those who are prone to cavities, who suffer from bad breath, who want to freshen their breath after a pungent meal, or who often skip flossing – mouthwash can benefit them. Just remember to use mouthwash with other oral care practices.