Should You Be Using Mouthwash?

February 3, 2020 by Dinesh Rao


Mouthwash is growing ever popular but it is still far away when it comes to wider public acceptance, especially in a country like India where Dental health is still not being taken seriously.

Why a Mouthwash should be a part of your dental routine?

One clear benefit of using mouthwash is the presence of Fluoride in it. Fluoride is a substance that essentially reduces the chance of tooth decay. There is a reason why most Toothpaste has Fluoride added to them albeit in lesser amounts. 

Who doesn’t like the feeling of having a mouth which reeks freshness? Exactly! Nobody. Mouthwash undeniably offers your mouth a fresh feeling for quite some time and for some people that is a deal-breaker.

Another reason for using Mouthwash is while you perform gargling actions it helps to wash away any food particles that are stuck in your mouth, probably places where a brush cannot reach.


The potential downsides of using a Mouthwash


The biggest downside a mouthwash can have is ironically also the reason people buy it in the first place. It kills Bacteria. As you might have guessed by now, it kills bacteria pretty much indiscriminately and does not leave out even the good ones. Killing the good bacteria makes it much easier for the bad bacteria to thrive in the mouth.

The irony does not stop here as the presence of alcohol in mouthwash can dry out the mouth and can result in bad breath. You see how it completely contradicts itself.


So Should You Be Buying Mouthwash?


Without repeating myself about the pros and cons again I would like to conclude that Mouthwash should be used only once a day and the Alcohol content should be lesser than 20%. That will be enough to balance the pros and cons.

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