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!