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Brushing and flossing your teeth helps you avoid oral health problems such as gingivitis. However, you need to add mouthwash into your oral regimen. It’s useful in fighting gingivitis, tooth decay, and promotes healthy teeth and gums. Below are the benefits of using mouthwash.

Fresh Breath
Mouthwash reduces bad breath temporarily. It comes in different flavors that you can choose from and works by killing bacteria that cause bad breath. It leaves you with minty fresh breath.

Fights cavities
Mouthwash contains fluoride that’s effective in fighting off cavities. It helps demineralization and cavitation of your teeth. Mouthwash contains a small percentage of sodium fluoride that protects your teeth from decaying.

Prevents Gum Disease
An anti-plaque or anti-septic mouthwash prevents the growth of bacteria that cause various oral issues such as gingivitis. The ingredients in antibacterial mouth wash include triclosan, chlorhexidine, and thymol.

Safeguards Pregnancy
Bacteria from certain oral diseases such as periodontitis can get into the bloodstream of an expectant woman and increase inflammation. A rise in inflammation makers can stimulate womb contractions, resulting in premature labor. Studies have shown that women who use mouthwash frequently have a lower chance of going into premature labor.

Reduces Sensitivity
Mouthwash that has Arginine as an ingredient can help reduce sensitivity. The ingredient works by sealing dental tubules in the most sensitive parts of the mouth. Ensure that you consult a dentist before using any mouthwash that reduces sensitivity.

Teeth Whitening
Some mouth rinses can whiten your teeth to give that bright smile that you wish for. They usually contain bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide that gets rid of stains.

Soothe Mouth Sores
Mouth ulcers are common and can be very painful. A mouthwash can detox the area, making the canker sores less painful. It reduces the bacteria that irritate the infected area.

Removes Particles
Although most people use mouthwash after flossing and brushing, it can also be used before brushing to remove loose particles. It makes your brushing and flossing to be effective.

Prevents Plaque Accumulation
Certain mouthwashes prevent plaque buildup between your teeth. However, you should note that mouthwash can’t remove plaque that already exists.

Mouthwash Cons

Mouthwashes have several disadvantages, especially ones that contain alcohol. Below are the disadvantages of using mouthwash.

Masks bad breath
Mouthwash is not an alternative for brushing. It may hide oral health problems by giving you a fresh breath. It doesn’t address your oral problems on its own. Ensure that you combine brushing and mouthwash.

Mouthwash can damage your mouth.
Mouthwashes that have high alcohol content can burn mucus membranes, increasing the risk of damaging your mouth.

Mouthwashes can stain your teeth.
Some mouthwashes contain chlorhexidine gluconate that can stain and darken your teeth when it comes into contact with food additives.