Should you be using mouthwash? What you need to know

We all have our daily, dental routine, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a refreshing mouthwash. But, while we consider mouth rinsing to be the key to maintaining fresh breath, should you be using mouthwash?

Alongside the many benefits to using mouthwash, there are also things to be aware of. According to dental experts, mouthwash can actually make some dental hygiene problems worse. So whether you can’t live without your favorite mouthwash, or simply use it to banish bad breath, we take a look at the pros, cons and everything you need to know.

What does mouthwash do?

Man pouring mouthwash into cap (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Typically, mouthwash or ‘oral rinse’ contains fluoride and antibacterial ingredients to clean between your teeth. Fluoride rinses help to reduce tooth decay and prevent cavities, while the antimicrobials kill bacteria that causes bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis (inflamed gums).

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