Can I use mouthwash instead of flossing

Can I use mouthwash instead of flossing

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While mouthwash goes a long way in improving your oral care, it is not a substitute for flossing.

Mouthwashes and flossing provide different benefits that you should understand.

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Mouthwash Benefits

Mouthwash comes in two categories. Some are considered cosmetic.

This type of rinse provides temporary relief from bad breath and has a pleasant taste. These do not actually kill any bacteria.

Therapeutic mouthwashes provide the healthier benefits. These may contain different ingredients including fluoride or antimicrobial agents.

This type is used to remove plaque build up and reduce the potential for calculus formation. Therapeutic rinses can also help prevent cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis.

Flossing Benefits

Flossing is what removes the plaque formation before it can harden and become calculus. While a rinse reduces build up, only flossing will fully remove plaque, especially between teeth.

Mouthwashes and flossing provide different benefits that you should understand.

The bristles on a toothbrush do not get between teeth completely. If plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar or calculus. When this builds below the gum line, gum disease can start.

Types of Floss

Floss is available in a thin string form or a tape. It can be waxed or unwaxed. If you find flossing difficult, you might want to try a different type of floss.

You can buy bulk floss in containers or purchase the disposable type with a plastic handle attached.

This style can be easier for many individuals to use. Interdental picks are available for bridgework or other situations where regular floss cannot be used.


If you have questions regarding the best mouthwash or floss, or need tips for easier flossing, please ask our Wilkinson Orthodontic team for advice at our Gold Coast practice locations in Benowa and Helensvale. We will be glad to give you solutions to help keep your mouth clean and healthy.