Are you a “swisher”? In an interesting press release last month, the Academy of General Dentistry indicated that Using Mouthrinse Reduces Plaque and Gingivitis More Than Toothbrushing Alone.
It makes sense if you think about it. Even with the best brushing and flossing, it can be hard to reach all those nooks and crannies. Adding a germ-killing mouthwash to your daily regimen can get you closer to cleaning 100% of your mouth’s surfaces.
It is important to note though, that you should not replace regular brushing and flossing with a quick swish here and there. Oral rinses should be a compliment to your daily routine, not a substitute.
Finding the right rinse is also important. Mouthwash that is is designed for teeth whitening or anti-cavity protection does not do the same thing as a germ-killing mouthwash. Be sure to check the label for a rinse that is designed to reduce Plaque and Gingivitis.