Can Mouthwash Improve Dental Health?

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You probably know that daily brushing and flossing help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but what about using a mouthwash? Can mouthwash really help? Read on to learn about the benefits of mouthwash.

Benefits of Mouthwash

There are many types of mouthwash available on the market today. Using one can be helpful for a variety of reasons. If you’re struggling with any of the following problems, consider adding a mouthwash to your daily oral care routine:

  1. Reduce Tooth Decay
  2. Using a mouthwash with fluoride can help strengthen and protect your enamel from cavities through remineralization.

  3. Whiten Yellowing or Discolored Teeth
  4. Certain rinses may help to whiten teeth when used regularly. For whitening, make sure your rinse contains the active ingredients carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. However, we recommend utilizing our professional teeth whitening services for more dramatic results!

  5. Prevent Gum Disease
  6. If you have bleeding and tender gums upon brushing or flossing teeth, consider adding an anti-gingivitis/anti-plaque mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine to reduce your gingivitis (gums that are inflamed and irritated).

  7. Combat Bad Breath
  8. Bad breath can be reduced by using a mouthwash in conjunction with daily flossing and brushing, and routine cleanings. For severe cases of bad breath, a mouth rinse might not be enough, so be sure to notify us if you’re experiencing chronic bad breath, or halitosis. This could be a sign of advanced tooth decay, gum disease, or another issue.

Additional Mouthwash Tips

As you decide which mouthwash would be best for your smile needs, keep in mind the following:

  • We recommend reaching for an alcohol-free mouthwash if you have a dry or sensitive mouth.
  • Children under the age of 6 should not use a mouthwash, as it could be ingested. Let us know if you have questions about your child’s dental health. We are qualified and eager to help your whole family.

We Want You to Have Excellent Oral Health!

For optimal oral health, maintain a healthy diet, limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, and drink plenty of water. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss every day, and come visit us every six months. We are here to answer additional questions you may have about mouthwash or any other part of your dental health. Contact us today to schedule your next cleaning. Happy rinsing!

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