How Important is a mouthwash?

Article written byElite Dental Group

Taking care of one’s oral health is important as it means that you maintain healthy teeth that rarely require dental care. Although brushing and flossing twice daily is key to maintaining healthy teeth, using a mouth wash can also play a part in maintaining healthy teeth, gums, and fresh breath.

If you are unsure if you need to use a mouthwash, speak to a dentist for advice. A mouthwash should always follow a regular brushing and flossing routine, which includes brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush for at least 2 minutes twice daily. Flossing before bed is also recommended as it loosens food particles lodged in between teeth that if ignored can lead to decay and plaque build-up.

Most mouthwashes will fall into two categories which are, cosmetic and therapeutic mouthwashes. Cosmetic mouthwashes are created to freshen breath, but they do little to eliminate the cause behind bad breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes, on the other hand, are prescribed by a dentist and work to help combat specific conditions like cavities, plaque build-up, dry mouth, and gingivitis.  In some instances, therapeutic mouthwashes can help patients who are unable to brush properly due to sensitivity or oral pain because of conditions such as periodontal disease, canker sores, dry mouth, immune deficiencies, or for those who wear dental braces.

When choosing an over-the-counter mouthwash ensure that it is ADA approved and it fits your specific oral needs. Overuse of mouthwashes can irritate gums and teeth, therefore always use a mouth wash as recommended by a dentist.

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