Is Mouthwash Good for You? A Dentist Explains

Yes, mouthwash is good for you! Using mouthwash along with brushing and flossing offers various benefits for your oral health such as:
  • protection from tooth decay
  • fighting bad breath
  • reducing sensitivity
  • and reducing dry mouth.

That said, mouthwash works best in a regular oral care routine alongside daily brushing with nano hydroxyapatite toothpaste and flossing with expandable dental floss.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about mouthwash and when should you use it.

What is mouthwash?

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Mouthwash, also known as a mouth rinse or an oral rinse, is a liquid dental solution used for cleaning your mouth teeth. Researchers suggest it has benefits like:
  • freshening your breath
  • reducing plaque buildup
  • promoting gum health
  • soothing irritation
  • preventing tooth decay.

Mouthwash is a valuable part of your dental care routine as it helps you reach areas that brushing and flossing may miss.

How does mouthwash work?

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Generally, mouthwash works by killing germs and harmful bacteria in your mouth.

However, there are different kinds of mouthwash formulas, each designed to contribute to your dental health in various ways.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Ingredients like chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride and natural ones like neem oil or licorice extract can kill bacteria, reducing plaque and the risk of gum disease. This is especially beneficial for those of us prone to gingivitis or periodontal issues.

Reducing Plaque and Gingivitis

Essential oils like eucalyptus, thymol, or tea tree oil control plaque and reduce gingivitis by targeting harmful bacteria, promoting overall gum health.

Freshening Breath

Ingredients like menthol or eucalyptus offer a temporary burst of freshness, masking odors and leaving your breath feeling clean. Note that mouthwash alone isn't a substitute for regular oral hygiene practices.

Alcohol-Free Options

Alcohol free mouthwashes are gentler on oral tissues than alcohol-based mouthwashes. Studies suggest that they provide effective antibacterial properties without the potential side effects of traditional alcohol-containing formulations, such as a burning sensation.

Whitening Formulas

Some mouthwashes contain whitening agents which can help brighten teeth and reduce surface stains, enhancing your smile's appearance.

Medicated Options

Medicated mouthwashes may include specific ingredients to address conditions like gum inflammation or post-surgical care, providing targeted relief under professional guidance.

Overall, understanding how mouthwash works can help you choose the right one for your specific needs.

What should you look for in mouthwash ingredients?

A bottle of SWISH Mouthwash

When selecting a mouthwash, we recommend looking for alcohol-free options, as they provide effective oral care benefits without the potential risks associated with alcohol-containing mouthwashes.

Alcohol-free mouthwashes are gentler and do not cause the burning sensation or dryness associated with alcohol-based mouthwashes.

In fact, studies suggest that alcohol-free mouthwashes have a similar effect on the gloss, color, hardness, and wear of teeth and fillings compared to mouthwashes containing alcohol.

Plus, they are particularly suitable for individuals with sensitive gums, dry-mouth symptoms, or a tendency to experience a burning sensation when using mouthwash.

When can mouthwash be bad for you?

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Mouthwash can be bad for you in certain situations such as when you use it excessively or choose the wrong type of mouthwash for your oral health needs.

Here are some potential negative effects of mouthwash:
  • Dry Mouth: Sninski & Schmitt Family Dentistry suggests that using mouthwash more than twice a day for an extended period, especially if it contains alcohol, can lead to dry mouth.
  • Discoloration: some mouthwashes contain heavy dyes that can stain your teeth.
  • Inadequate Oral Care: relying solely on mouthwash to maintain oral health is not recommended, as it does not replace the need for brushing and flossing.
  • Mouth Irritation: A high level of alcohol mouthwashes can irritate canker sores and the soft tissues of the mouth and cause dry mouth.

To avoid these potential negative effects, it's essential to use mouthwash appropriately and choose a product that suits your oral health needs.

Consult with your dental professional for personalized advice and recommendations.

Is mouthwash safe for everyone?

Using mouthwash regularly, whether to freshen breath or prevent tooth decay, is generally safe.

Alcohol-free mouthwashes offer several benefits and are suitable for a wide range of individuals, including those with sensitive gums, dry-mouth symptoms, or other oral health concerns.

What's more, these mouthwashes are gentler and do not cause the burning sensation, irritation, or dryness associated with alcohol-containing mouthwashes, making them ideal for individuals with sensitive gums.

Although alcohol and alcohol-free mouthwashes have equal efficacy, some studies suggest that long-term alcohol exposure may increase the risk of oral cancer.

However, more research is needed to confirm a direct link between alcohol mouthwash and oral cancer risk.

For a stress-free oral care routine, be smart when choosing mouth rinses for you and your family!

How often should you use mouthwash for best results?

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Generally, you should use mouthwash once or twice daily after using nano hydroxyapatite toothpaste and flossing for optimal results.

However, the frequency of mouthwash usage can vary depending on your needs and the type of mouthwash you use.

In fact, using mouthwash more than twice a day for an extended period, especially if it contains alcohol, may cause more harm than good, potentially leading to dry mouth and irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth.

So, it's advisable to follow the product instructions or consult with a dental professional for personalized recommendations based on individual oral health needs.

Should I rinse with water after using mouthwash?

Rinsing with water right after using it might not be the best move.

If you're using a therapeutic mouthwash, our advice is to not rinse immediately after use. This allows the active ingredients to keep in contact with your teeth and gums.

On the other hand, you can rinse if you're using a cosmetic mouthwash as its primary goal is to freshen your breath and provide a pleasant taste.

With that said: your oral care, your rules. Just remember to consult with your dentist on what's best for your unique situation.

Summary: Is mouthwash good?

A lady holding SWISH Mouthwash with a big smile

The answer is straightforward: yes, mouthwash is good for you!

It's like giving your mouth a little extra love, you know?

From freshening your breath, reducing plaque buildup, fighting dry mouth, and battling those sneaky bacteria, mouthwash plays a crucial role.

Remember, the key lies in using it wisely, alongside regular brushing and flossing – it's not a substitute for these fundamental practices but a valuable addition to your dental care routine.

While SWISH Mouthwash offers all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly features in a convenient plastic-free aluminum jar, the broader takeaway is that the effectiveness of any mouthwash is maximized when integrated into a comprehensive oral hygiene regimen.

So, brush, floss, and incorporate mouthwash smartly to illuminate your radiant smile!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use non-alcohol mouthwash after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes, you can use non-alcohol mouthwash after wisdom tooth extraction, typically 24-48 hours after the procedure. Consult your doctor for personalized advice.

What happens if you use mouthwash after wisdom tooth extraction?

Using mouthwash too soon after wisdom tooth extraction can disrupt the healing process and may cause irritation and a longer time of healing. You can use it 24 hours after the procedure or wait for your dentist's advice.

How often should you use mouthwash for best results?

Generally, you should use mouthwash once or twice daily after brushing and flossing. However, the frequency can vary based on individual needs and the type of mouthwash. Using it more than twice a day, especially if alcohol-based, may cause harm.

Is it safe to use mouthwash after getting wisdom teeth removed?

Yes, it's generally safe to use mouthwash after getting wisdom teeth removed. However, you should wait 24 hours and follow your dentist's advice for the best time to start. Using it too soon may disrupt the healing process.

Should I rinse with water after using mouthwash?

For therapeutic mouthwashes, you should avoid rinsing immediately after use to allow active ingredients to remain in contact with teeth and gums. Cosmetic mouthwashes, which focus more on breath freshening, can be rinsed immediately.

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Immerse yourself in the revitalizing freshness of our latest formulation, Swish. A testament to biöm's unwavering commitment to holistic health and well-being. Harnessing the potent benefits of mother nature, our mouthwash combines science and nature's bounty to deliver a unique solution for impeccable oral hygiene and lasting fresh breath.

Bottled at 16 fl oz, our herbal mouthwash formula takes the best of what nature has to offer:

Neem and Licorice Extracts: Used for centuries in traditional medicine, these power-packed botanicals promote oral health by combating harmful bacteria and providing natural anti-inflammatory benefits.

Spearmint and Peppermint Essential Oils: Long-lasting freshness is no longer a dream. These cooling natural oils ensure you'll enjoy a pleasant, long-lasting minty freshness that truly invigorates.

Xylitol and Stevia: We've incorporated these natural sweeteners to provide an enjoyable, refreshing taste without any guilt – they actually help in maintaining a healthy pH balance in your mouth!

Aloe Vera Juice: Say goodbye to the harsh, drying effect of traditional mouthwashes. Our formula includes these natural moisturizing agents for a comfortable rinse that leaves your mouth feeling hydrated.

Not just that, our formula is as kind to the Earth as it is to your mouth:

❖ Free from harsh chemicals and artificial preservatives

❖ Cruelty-free and vegan

❖ Eco-friendly packaging


Shake well before use. Swish approximately one tablespoon of mouthwash in your mouth for about 30 seconds, then spit it out.

Experience the biöm difference today – because your oral health is a reflection of your overall wellness.