Brush twice, floss and now you want me throw one more thing into my oral care routine! Do I really need to use mouthwash?
Mouthwash can go beyond freshening your breath! In combination with brushing and flossing, the ADA says that bacteria-fighting mouth rinses can reduce bacteria in dental plaque and thus help prevent gum disease. A mouthwash containing fluoride will help reduce and prevent tooth decay.
Here are a few keys to using mouthwash properly. After brushing your teeth, pour directed amount into a cup. (Be careful to use the amount directed. You could poison yourself, if you use too much and accidentally swallow some. If you use too little, it will not be effective.) Gargle for about 45 seconds. Don’t rinse with water immediately after you use mouthwash. The cleansing properties continue to work after you have spit it out. Rinsing with water will dilute the wash and minimize the effects. Most mouth rinses are not safe for children under 6 years old because they contain alcohol or fluoride and the rinse could be swallowed.
So, the answer is YES! Along with brushing and flossing, rinsing is an important part of your daily routine.