12th April , 2022
Teeth Cleaning

How important is Mouthwash?

If you thought that mouthwash was just useful for helping to give you fresh, clean smelling breath, then unfortunately you are underestimating its capabilities. Mouthwash can, in fact, form a vital part of your oral hygiene routine, and can help to keep your gums and teeth healthy. 

What is mouthwash used for?

First of all, it is important to note that mouthwash is not a substitute for those other important parts of your oral hygiene routine, namely regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is very good when it comes to killing any bacteria in your mouth. It can help prevent gum disease and also strengthen your teeth. Using mouthwash is an additional protection that will actively work to remove any of the residual bacteria that might be left behind following brushing, and this is why your hygienist may recommend it. 

How should you use mouthwash?

If you are going to use mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine, it is important to make sure you are doing it properly.

Make sure that you use the correct amount of mouthwash as indicated on your mouthwash bottle. Pour it into a clean cup. Some mouthwashes can be used as they are, others need diluting – check the bottle and follow this instruction carefully, do not dilute more than is recommended as this will weaken the efficiency of the mouthwash. Use all the mouthwash, swish it around your mouth vigorously and ensure that you do this for at least 30 seconds – time this if necessary. It is really important to make sure that you spit out all the mouthwash and do not swallow it. 

Additional tips

1.     Wait a minimum of 30 minutes after brushing before using mouthwash – using it too early will not give your mouth the most protection from the fluoride in your toothpaste.

2.     Rinse after flossing – this is a great way of swilling out anything that you have loosened during flossing. 

3.     Mouthwash can be used after meals when brushing isn’t possible. 


Which mouthwash is best for daily cleaning?

There are a range of different mouthwash products available, and it can be hard to know which one might be most appropriate. For most people, a mouthwash that contains fluoride will be the most appropriate one and provide the necessary benefits. Other mouthwashes are more appropriate for people with certain needs – if you are unsure which is the most appropriate mouthwash for you, your dental hygienist here at Holly House Dental will be more than happy to suggest one. Why not get in touch to book your appointment?

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