Brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day are definitely the best ways to keep your teeth healthy, prevent cavities, and prevent gingivitis. Brushing after meals, going to a dentist twice a year, are a couple additional options to help prevent oral health issues. If you do all of this and you add mouthwash to the equation, then you will be sure to prevent any teeth, gum, or mouth problems. Below are four benefits of using mouthwash in your daily oral care routine.

1. Mouthwash freshens your breath – One of the reasons that most people use mouthwash is to help freshen their breath. Obviously brushing your teeth can help with this too, but mouthwash not only reduces bad breath, but it eliminates it and prevents bad breath for hours after use. Mouthwash does this by killing bacteria that cause us to have bad breath. If you do not have time to brush after every meal, then mouthwash can be a good way to control your bad breath between brushing.

2. It prevents plaque buildup – Not every mouthwash will be as effective in preventing plaque from building up on your teeth, on your gums, and in between your teeth, but most of them do. Mouthwash provides you with a barrier of defense in between your daily brushings. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that mouthwash will reduce the amount of plaque already on your teeth, but it does not. You still need to brush and floss in order to get rid of plaque.

3. Mouthwash removes food from your mouth – A lot of people think that mouthwash is only necessary after you have already brushed your teeth, but it is also good to use before you brush. Mouthwash is good for removing any loose food particles from in between your teeth or the back of your mouth before brushing. Getting rid of these loose particles will make the rest of your oral care routine more effective.

4. It helps prevent cavities – Using mouthwash regularly before and after you brush your teeth will reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and therefore, it will reduce the chances of you getting cavities in your teeth. Mouthwashes that have fluoride in them are especially good for reducing bacteria, preventing cavities, and strengthening the enamel on your teeth. Not every mouthwash has fluoride in it, so be sure to check the ingredients on the bottle before you buy your mouthwash.

Using mouthwash cannot replace brushing your teeth or flossing. Mouthwash is simply a way to add to the benefits of the rest of your oral care. A lot of people complain about the burning feeling that they get from mouthwash, but there are other options for people who dislike that feeling. Check with your dentist to find the right mouthwash for you.