There is no doubt that mouthwashes are quick and easy to use, freshen up breath and help in preventing cavities, but can they replace the need for brushing? No, they can’t. Even though they kill bacteria and germs as well as help in rinsing out some food particles, they are not capable of removing plaque from teeth. Only brushing helps prevent and get rid of plaque, a sticky buildup of bacteria, which is the primary cause of tooth decay, foul breath and gingivitis. In fact, both a mouth wash and toothpaste should be used in conjunction with one another for healthy teeth.
Let’s take a look at some reasons due to which only using a mouthwash is not the best option for you:
- Does Not Prevent Tooth Decay: As per the American Dental Association, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is the only way to get rid of stubborn food particles stuck between teeth. Not brushing before rinsing with a mouth wash poses a risk for tooth decay eventually. Mouthwashes do give a feeling of freshness after its usage, but they do nothing to get rid of the plaque on your teeth and gums.
- It Masks The Real Problem: Mouth washes help get rid of bad breath temporarily but the problem persists after a couple of hours. The only way of getting rid of bad breath and its cause permanently is to brush and floss twice daily. Mouth washes are not the solution to the problem but act as a means of masking it for some time.
- May Aggravate Existing Problems: When mouth washes are used as substitutes for toothpaste they can result in further complications. Mouthwashes usually contain alcohol which is not the best thing for your mouth. Mouthwashes with alcohol tend to dry the mouth and decrease the production of saliva. Decreased saliva results in rampant growth of bacteria in the mouth and this causes foul smell to emanate. Bacteria also eats away enamel, thus weakening teeth and leading to tooth loss. Using a mouth wash alone can also lead to a higher risk for caries, gingivitis and periodontal diseases. The only way to combat this is to brush and floss twice every day.
- Conclusion: Mouthwashes are beneficial but only when combined with brushing and flossing. Using mouthwashes as a replacement for brushing will not help in getting rid of plaque and can lead to the deterioration of dental health. Hence mouthwashes alone cannot suffice.
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