Toothpaste companies all over the world are making a living marketing mouthwash to consumers. There are so many mouthwashes on the market, from strong and alcoholic washes, to whitening rinses that many consumers are left with their head spinning from all the choices. Many people enjoy using mouthwash, while others feel the taste is too strong, and prefer not to use it. This begs the question, is mouthwash really necessary?

Not necessarily. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has deemed that mouthwash does not necessarily aid in the removal of food particles and plaque. It’s also important to remember that mouthwash is NOT a replacement for regular brushing and/or flossing, and should not be considered such. Many people fear bad breath, and choose to swish with mouthwash before they leave the house to alleviate the bad breath. On the contrary, mouthwash does little to remove bad breath, and does more to cover it up. Regular brushing and flossing will do more to remove plaque from your mouth than mouthwash can. If you’re worried about the strength of your teeth and gums, you may wish to use a fluoride rinse to help strengthen your teeth. Fluoride rinses are mostly recommended for children in their growing years.

Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning, and do everything you can to maintain clean teeth and gums. Doing so will prevent tooth decay and can keep gingivitis away from your mouth. Mouthwash, while not necessarily harmful for your mouth, may not do a lot in the way of preserving the strength of your teeth. Instead, maintain a healthy mouth by regular brushing twice a day, and by flossing once a day. Keep your mouth clean and your gums strong, and bad breath will be kept at bay, as will the need for major dental work.