Mouthwash vs Teeth Brushing: Which One Is It?

Mouthwash vs Teeth Brushing: Which One Is It?

Posted by DR. RAMSEY on Mar 3 2022, 11:12 PM

Mouthwash vs Teeth Brushing: Which One Is It?
Brushing is considered important for maintaining oral hygiene. However, with the addition of mouthwash to the oral care routine, you might be wondering which of these is better for a dental care routine?

Though mouthwash gives you a fresh breath, it does not ensure that your mouth is free from bacteria. This blog will help you understand the varied aspects of using a mouthwash versus brushing your teeth.

Dr. Coley Ramsey and his team at Next Level Dental in Smyrna, Tennessee, can help you understand these nuances better.

Plaque Removal

Plaque is usually deposited on your teeth and along the gum line. This is due to the food broken down by the bacteria which can cause bad breath and ultimately lead to tooth decay. 

You have to brush your teeth twice a day to get rid of plaque deposition. A mouthwash will merely add an extra layer of protection. They are not replaceable. 

However, at times, plaque builds up in places that are hard to reach even by a toothbrush. In such a case, adding floss to your dental routine will be of great benefit. 

Gets Rid of Good Bacteria

If you are in a rush, using mouthwash once in a while is okay. But, do not make this a habit as mouthwash contains antibacterial properties, which, in addition to killing bad bacteria, can also eliminate the good bacteria in your mouth. 

Sometimes, mouthwash contains alcohol. Using such mouthwash in large quantities can disrupt pH production and upset saliva production. Less saliva production will lead to dry mouth which will ultimately cause bad breath.

Moreover, it has been found that excessive use of mouthwash can cause a risk of diabetes in overweight people.

Masks Underlying Problems

If you are accustomed to covering your bad breath with one quick swish of mouthwash, then you need to relook this habit. However minor it may sound, bad breath can be an indication of sinus infection or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It can even increase the risk of heart disease or stroke. 

In conclusion, mouthwash cannot replace brushing. Brushing your teeth is important for oral care and a mouthwash ensures freshness and acts as a layer of protection. 

Get in touch with Dr. Coley Ramsey at Next Level Dental in Smyrna, Tennessee, for all your dental needs. Call at (615) 459-6354 for an appointment or visit our office located at 693 President Pl #101, Smyrna, TN 37167.
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