In many European countries, using mouthwash is a habitual part of their oral health routine. Brushing their teeth, floss, rinse with mouthwash, and then stepping off to work or to bed is their daily routine.
Mouthwash boasts a number of benefits than simply freshen the breath. It fights against cavities, gum disease and even protects against early labor. There are certainly a number pros as well as cons of mouthwash, so you should decide what’s best for you and your family:
Pros of using Mouthwash:
- Help fight with cavities
Mouthwash contains fluoride that helps rinse and neutralize away bacteria which later can cling the teeth and contribute to decay and also gives protection against cavities by helping them strengthen the teeth’s enamel.
- Keeps the gums healthy
Since mouthwash helps rinse and neutralize away the bacteria, it is less likely of bacteria to stick around the gums and provoke infection, inflammation, or gum disease.
- Protect the pregnancy
A gum disease is very common during pregnancy and the bacteria from the gum infection can also sometimes enter the bloodstream of the pregnant woman which results in early contractions and also increased inflammatory markers. Hence, mouthwash fights the bacteria that causes gum disease and protects the pregnant woman.
- Helps to whiten teeth and freshens the breath
Mouthwashes remove the stains from the teeth and give a whiter appearance and also freshens the breath which ultimately can be a major confidence booster.
- Soothes canker sores
Canker sores common as mouth ulcers are very painful sores that can form inside the mouth. A mouthwash can help canker sores heal faster by eradicating bacteria causing inflammation.
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Cons of Using Mouthwash:
- Cause irritation
Mouthwashes having a high alcohol content have strong antibacterial properties can sometimes cause irritation to the tissues present in the mouth and also make it more difficult for mouth ulcers to heal.
- Causes dry mouth
Using the mouthwash for the excessive number of time containing alcohol can dry out the mouth, which ultimately leads to tooth sensitivity, bad breath, and even cavities.
- May not be safe for accidental consumption
Very few mouthwashes contain ingredients that may cause harm if accidentally swallowed. This is a reason why mouthwash is prohibited for use by children under the age of six.
- Potential link to oral health issues
If you are suffering from a bad breath problem, you can mask it with regular mouthwash use. But masking and treating a condition are not the same thing.
Consequently, most dentists agree to the fact that using mouthwash is not a substitute for oral health care and it more important to brush and floss twice per day than to use mouthwash. It’s a complementary habit that gives the mouth an added health boost.