Is Mouthwash Necessary?

When it comes to your oral health there are many products out there to help keep your teeth clean and free of plaque and other disease-causing issues. One product that you may wonder about whether or not you should use is mouthwash. Is mouthwash necessary part of your daily oral care?

Is Mouthwash Necessary?

The short answer is that if you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, mouthwash is not really necessary. However, if you really hate flossing and do not do it and you skip brushing your teeth sometimes, using mouthwash can be a positive addition to your oral care.

Brushing & Flossing

Brushing and flossing your teeth are essential for removing plaque from your mouth. Plaque forms on your teeth during the day. It is made up of bacteria and can cause many different issues in your teeth and your gums. Floss is the only thing that has been designed to get between your teeth in order to remove the plaque from these tight spaces. A toothbrush will loosen up plaque from the surface of the teeth so that it can then be rinsed away. If you do not brush and floss each day, plaque is building up on the teeth and will damage them.


Mouthwash can help to prevent gum disease and fight cavities. Antibacterial mouthwashes help to kill bacteria found inside the mouth. It is important to know that mouthwash does not rinse any plaque away or even remove it from the teeth. It is simply used as a tool to kill the bacteria that may cause gum disease. This is why it is important to make sure that you are brushing and flossing as well. Consider mouthwash as an additional step for healthy teeth, but not as a replacement for proper flossing and brushing.

Regency Family Dentistry Omaha

Whether your teeth needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile.  Below are just some of the many procedures and dental services we regularly provide to our patients – with a gentle touch, and stunning results.  Your smile is our first priority, and we’ll give you something to smile about.

Preventative Dentistry

  • Dental Exams
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Oral Cancer Exam
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Sealants
  • Dental X-Rays
  • Home Care
  • Nightguards & Mouthguards

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Dental Implants
  • Composite Fillings
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • FixedPorcelain Bridges
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Tooth Whitening

Periodontal Disease

  • What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Maintenance

Restorative Dentistry

  • Dental Implants
  • Inlay Restorations
  • Onlay Restorations
  • Composite Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Dentures & Partial Dentures
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Root Canal Therapy

Oral Surgery

  • Wisdom Teeth Extractions

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