Why do we clean our teeth?

For that cool mint flavor in our mouth?, No right?
Obviously we need our breath to be fresh, but removing that colony of bacteria (plaque) from our tooth surface is the main objective of cleaning teeth.

Now let’s think about the mouthwash or toothbrushing.

First let’s look at the contents of each.

mouth wash
mouth wash

Mouth Wash:- The active ingredient include
Chlorhexidine Gluconste.
Cetylpyridinium Chloride(CPC).


tooth paste
tooth paste

Tooth Paste:- Include
Antibacterial agents
Remineralizers (Hydroxyapatite nanocrystals and calcium phosphates)

So both of them contain all the necessary ingredient for reducing the bad breath, and also for fluoridation, disinfectant and antiseptic.

But even with all these ingredients if the plaque is not getting removed it can cause cavities.

Plaque is a coating of bacteria that builds up on your teeth throughout the day and night. It can result in tooth decay, bad breath and gingivitis (bleeding gums) if not cleaned daily.
It is the accumulation of plaque that causes cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Plaque, the bacterial buildup on the teeth and gums, is very sticky and adheres to the teeth.

dental plaque
dental plaque

So it is clear that mouthwash alone will never be able to remove the plaque.
The most effective way to prevent conditions like gum disease and tooth decay is to mechanically remove the plaque. And the best way to remove plaque is through regular and efficient brushing and flossing.

Mouthwash is still an option for reducing that bad breath and reducing gingival swellings but no matter how hard u swish mouthwash it still can’t remove the thin coating of bacterial colony on your teeth surface.


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