Is mouthwash necessary for good oral health? — 7 Comments

  1. According to FDA:

    Studies show that mouthwash only helps lower the risk of oral disease very marginally. And honestly, mouthwash is not necessary if you are brushing your teeth and flossing twice daily. According to a panel appointed by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), most ingredients in mouthwash are not effective.May 19, 2014

    • I agree; if you’re looking to save money, skip the mouthwash. I buy a very inexpensive alcohol-free fluoride rinse to use occasionally only because the mechanical action of swishing it around my mouth does get that stray piece of spinach or whatever from between my teeth. But warm water would serve the same purpose. I just like the minty taste! Thanks for the comment, FN

  2. Thanks for this post! I agree with you about every think you write and for me I thought that the way that you use to brush your teeth it’s the most important thing 😀

  3. Those are some pretty interesting statistics you’ve found there! It makes such a pleasant change to find a health article that actually cites real research rather than just relying on hearsay.

    One other point I would consider adding to your article are the potential benefits of sugar-free gum for chewing after meals, helping to increase the beneficial saliva in your mouth and therefore breaking down sugars that can otherwise damage your teeth.

    And I have to admit that like you, I do personally enjoy the fresh, “zingy” feeling in my mouth after using a good quality mouthwash 🙂

    • Hi Paige, thanks for the comment! I did recommend sugar-free gum in a previous post about dental health (not sure why I didn’t on this one). I keep some by my desk–it provides a mid-afternoon mouth refresher and prevents me from snacking all afternoon while I work 🙂 Cheers,FN

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes, I like a minty swish and spit every now and then. My Frugal Nurse tenets for all over-the-counter products are 1) more is not better; 2) read the labels and know your ingredients; and 3) don’t spend a lot of money. Cheers, FN