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Is it enough to rinse my teeth with mouth wash daily instead of brushing my teeth with a brush and toothpaste? What are the best ways to protect our teeth from cavities and tooth decay?

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Everyone loves a shortcut in life, from earning money while sleeping, to having a healthy set of teeth without brushing. I am no exception when it comes to shortcuts in life. I saw an advertisement for antibacterial mouth wash which will kill 99% of bad breath germs. This intrigues me and it gave me an idea to explore ways to make it easier to clean our teeth without the need to routinely brush our teeth daily.

I am a fan of brushing my teeth and I do it twice daily. My dental hygienist praises the beauty and cleanliness of my teeth condition. However, sometimes when I am tired or feeling lazy, I just feel like it is okay to simply use mouth wash to rinse my mouth and then go to bed right after that. Will it bring about any harm to my teeth condition? I mean in terms of cavity and tooth decay.

My grandfather used to practise the habit of only rinsing his mouth with mouth wash daily instead of brushing his teeth. He was 85 years old and he still had a good set of teeth. But I was noticing the color of his teeth getting yellowish and stained. Then he finally had to go to a dentist to get his teeth cavity removed and have a few tooth implants performed on his gums. He was just being lazy or perhaps he wanted to save some money.  I guess using mouth wash alone is not so effective in protecting our teeth from decay and cavities.
asked in St. John's by Clement

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