Should I use mouthwash? Can it be a replacement for brushing?

There are many different types of mouthwash available at retail shops these days that can serve numerous benefits.  In saying this, it can never be a replacement for brushing.  Deposits known as plaque which are thin films of bacteria that form daily on your teeth can only be removed manually using a toothbrush.  

Though, this is not to say that you shouldn’t use a mouthwash, you can in fact. A fluoride-containing mouthwash in addition to brushing twice daily and flossing can help to fight cavities as well as assist in achieving a fresh breath.  There are also therapeutic rinses available to assist in gum disease, sensitivity and dry mouth. 

It is important to inform your dentist if you are using a mouthwash to check if it is right for you. Remember there is no replacement for brushing your teeth! 

If you have any questions or would like more information please call us on (08) 8642 2557 to book an appointment.

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