To answer the question in its simplest form, yes but not necessarily. However, what kind of help does it provide to user? This question will be different and more specific. In order to understand clearly of the various specific help a user obtains, we need to know the different type of mouthwash used. There are two types of mouthwash in the market.
Firstly, the famous Listerine mouthwash that has always been advertised strongly throughout almost anywhere and there has always been a lot of promotions such as a discount and ‘Buy 1 Free 1’ in the market. Listerine mouthwash belongs to the cosmetic mouthwashes type.
Cosmetic mouthwashes do not offer the same protection as other types and are used more as a means of disguising bad breath (halitosis). They help to keep your teeth clean but do not reduce the risk of tooth decay.
This means that they provide the short-term benefit for the users, for instance, in preparation for an interview as good refreshing breath plays an important hygienic role in a successful interview. However, they do not last long.
Secondly, we have the fluoride mouthwash such as the Oral-B Mouth Rinse. The fluoride mouthwash contains fluoride that aids in strengthening the teeth, fighting cavities and providing the protection against tooth decay. This in turn provides the long-term benefit for the users. Basically, these are the products that are recommended by the dentist.
Finally, we have another rare type (imo) of mouthwash called antiseptic mouthwash. Oradex is one such fine example. It contains 0.06% chlorhexidine digluconate used to stops the growth of bacteria in the mouth. This is especially helpful for people with bad breath. They are used most effectively after visiting the dentist (in my experience) and they should be used sparingly. This is because excessive use of chlorhexidine is reported to have adverse effect on the user such as discolouration of the teeth.
In conclusion, the real question is, does mouthwash actually help? Yes, it does but not necessarily. If you really are concern of your oral hygiene and health, it’s best to brush and FLOSS. Mouthwash is an optional choice and a ‘time-efficient’ way of improving oral hygiene. I’ll explain flossing and its benefits in the next post. Do let me know what you think about mouthwash down in the comment. Welp, gotta go now! Ta-ta!