Mouthwash instead of toothpaste

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    kevsta007

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    My wife is using mouthwash in the place of toothpaste to brush her teeth. I am wondering if this matters or should she stop this?

    Wondering what are people's experiences of such a situation. I am not really after people's personal opinions but what are general accepted practice/wisdom. I know all of the advertisements say use mouthwash in addition to brushing teeth with toothpaste. Since this is a professionals forum, what are the professionals experiences of such a situation?
     
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    Hello,
    Toothpaste does contain fluoride, abrasives, and detergents that clean and protect teeth, but as long as your wife is brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day it doesn't really matter that she's brushing with mouthwash. Baking soda straight out of the box or salt are also used by many people instead of toothpaste when brushing. I personally prefer baking soda over anything else. It keeps my teeth smooth and bright white. One of my colleagues grew up in a very large, and poor family. They could only afford to use salt when brushing. He's now in his 70's and has never had a cavity, and still has all of his own teeth.
     
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    I agree, baking soda works a lot in whiting our teeth, also it's not expensive and affordable to everyone.
     
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    I do that, too. I can't even remember the last time I bout toothpaste.
     
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    Also remember to floss.
     
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