The Role of Mouthwash in Good Hygiene

If you don’t already use mouthwash as part of your daily routine, then you probably don’t consider it a necessity. While good hygiene doesn’t necessarily rely on it, mouthwash can still prove a significant ally in the fight to keep your teeth and gums healthy. On the other hand, if you rely too heavily on mouthwash, such as using it instead of brushing your teeth, then you might be leaving your smile more at-risk than you realize. To make the most of your preventive hygiene routine, we explain the role that mouthwash should play in good hygiene, and how to use it to better ensure your good dental health.

The Purpose of Mouthwash

The purpose of cleaning your teeth every day is to control the buildup of dental plaque, which contains bacteria that could eventually lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and more. As a liquid, mouthwash can reach areas that your toothbrush and floss cannot reach to breakup deposits of plaque and food debris. The ingredients in most mouthwash brands also help boost your dental health by specifically fighting harmful oral bacteria, helping you keep your breath fresh for longer and reducing your risks of tooth decay and gum disease.

A Well-Rounded Dental Hygiene Routine

Despite the advantages that mouthwash can lend to your hygiene efforts, it is not enough, by itself, to secure the health of your smile.

  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day, rinsing with mouthwash each time
  • You should also brush about 30 minutes after eating, when possible. If you can’t, then carry a small travel bottle of mouthwash to rinse your mouth with after each meal.
  • In the mornings, eat a well-balanced breakfast before brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Eating will stimulate your saliva flow, making it even easier to break up the plaque that has accumulated over night.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.