Benefits of Mouthwash
When it comes to proper dental hygiene, brushing and flossing are non-negotiable. However, mouthwash can also be a valued tool in keeping your mouth clean and healthy. In fact, daily use of mouthwash can offer numerous benefits towards your oral health. Unfortunately, many patients are unaware of these benefits and assume mouthwash is simply a means to freshen your breath.
Should you add a mouthwash to your oral care routine? Here’s what you could gain by a simple swish each day:
Lower Cavity Risk
If you choose a mouthwash with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval, it can be a powerful weapon in fighting oral bacteria. When bacteria combines with the sugars you eat, it produces acids that eat away at your tooth enamel, which leads to the development of a cavity.
Prevent Plaque Buildup
When plaque is allowed to build up or accumulate in your mouth, oral health issues are sure to occur. While mouthwash isn’t strong enough to physically remove plaque, it can kill the bacteria that helps to create the plaque.
There are many mouthwash options to choose from, including those that contain extra calcium and other ingredients that can make your tooth enamel stronger. By strengthening this outer layer of your teeth, you can better protect them from decay, sensitivity and fracture.
Early gum disease (gingivitis) begins when plaque hardens along the gum line and irritates these soft tissues. If left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your overall health and even result in tooth loss. By eliminating extra oral bacteria, a daily rinse of mouthwash can help prevent gum disease from ever developing or progressing past gingivitis.
Mouthwash typically comes in fresh minty flavors. However, mouthwash does more than just mask bad breath odors, it helps to fight against the root cause of your halitosis – which is often a combination of bacteria and acids.
Swish Your Way to Better Oral Health
Mouthwash should never be a substitute for brushing or flossing. However, using daily mouthwash is an excellent supplement to your oral care routine – especially if you want to go the extra mile in keeping your teeth and gums in top condition. To determine which type and brand of mouthwash is best for your smile, contact our experts at Laguna West Dental. We love giving patients the tools it takes to retain a healthy and confident smile through all stages of life.
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