Well, the answer entirely depends on the kind of dental care routine you’ve been following all along. If you’ve been brushing twice a day and flossing every so often, introducing a mouthwash might significantly improve your oral health condition over the short haul (so the answer is a YES). On the other hand, if you’ve been inconsistent at monitoring your dental health e.g. skipping brushing sessions regularly and rarely flossing your choppers, investing in a mouthwash may not yield the kind of results you might be aspiring for (so, the answer, in this case, is a NO). In fact, doing this might actually worsen your dental health.
Most infomercials today claim that you need a mouthwash in order to get rid of a foul smell and make your teeth whiter. That’s, however, not always true. In reality, failing to brush and floss your teeth only to apply mouthwash is similar to wearing a perfume without taking a shower for several weeks. In other words, using a mouthwash isn’t a shortcut or alternative to brushing and flossing.
The truth is that a mouthwash can only get you so far. Unlike what TV ads insinuate, mouthwash results are only skin-deep. They don’t remove plague and contrary to popular belief, don’t even ward off bacteria in the long-run.
Most mouthwash products only provide a temporary layer of anti-bacterial compounds whose benefits only last for a couple of hours. What’s more, alcohol-based mouthwashes tend to leave your mouth dried up – effectively making it a haven for bacteria build up.
Wondering how to get rid of bad breath? Well, with close to 50% of the population suffering from bad breath, using a mouthwash would sound like a good idea. But it turns out that mouthwash usage isn’t always that simple. We’d recommend going for a product that has a seal of approval in order to guarantee yourself of healthy teeth and gums.
Even more importantly, it’s worth noting that most of the bacteria responsible for bad breath reside in the back area of the tongue. As such, brushing them away using your toothbrush tends to be more effective than rinsing with a mouthwash.
That said, the antibacterial ingredients in selected mouthwashes tend to have significant effects. So, once again, you only need to find a product that meets the standards and you’ll be guaranteed of slightly better results over time.
However, if you’re looking for a long-term solution to bad breath and/or would like to whiten your teeth, it’d be a good idea to give Activated Charcoal a try. The activated charcoal powder easily binds with the affected sections of your teeth and removes what may seem like permanent stains in a matter of days. Above all, this charcoal is highly effective at destroying bacteria and absorbing odor. Note that, activated charcoal is a highly absorbent compound and, therefore, does a pretty good job of clearing up any toxins that ordinary toothpaste might leave behind.
Best of all, unlike mouthwash or conventional toothpaste, this all-natural compound doesn’t pose a threat to your overall health - and if swallowed, easily finds its way out of the body through the digestive system.