SmileWe all know the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day, but you may not have thought about the importance of using mouthwash as part of your oral care routine. Of course, it works well as an instant breath freshener, but your oral rinse could be doing more for you than just taming bad breath. Here are some potential benefits of using mouthwash on a daily basis.

  • It removes particles. The reason why a good rinsing freshens your breath is that it removes the food particles stuck in your teeth that lead to bad breath when they start breaking down. Most people use mouthwash after brushing and flossing, but using it before can rinse out any loose particles, making your brushing and flossing routine more effective.
  • It can help prevent cavities. Mouthwashes that contain fluoride can help strengthen your enamel and reduce the chances of cavities forming. There have been countless studies showing that fluoride reduces demineralization of teeth. Not all mouthwashes contain fluoride, however. Be sure to check the label when you’re in the oral care aisle.
  • It can help fight gum disease. Gum disease develops when gums and tooth sockets get inflamed or infected due to plaque that lingers on teeth. An antibacterial mouthwash, like one with alcohol may help prevent periodontal disease.
  • Soothe canker sores. When you have canker sores in your mouth and on yyour lips, mouthwash can help soothe the sore by reducing the amount of bacteria present that can irritate the sore.
  • Safeguard your pregnancy. Not only are expecting mothers more prone to gum disease due to hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy, but periodontal disease is actually a risk factor for giving birth prematurely. The bacteria from a gum infection can get into a pregnant woman’s bloodstream and increase inflammatory markers, which in turn can stimulate contractions. Studies have shown that moms-to-be who used mouthwash throughout their pregnancy were less likely to go into early labor.

The benefits of using a daily rinse as part of your oral care routine are numerous, but mouthwashes should not be used as a substitute for brushing. Regardless of what type of mouthwash you use, they should always be used in conjunction with good hygiene habits, which includes visiting your dentist regularly.