HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED if mouthwash is actually a necessary part of your dental hygiene routine? If you’d like to use mouthwash as a part of your daily oral care, it’s important to know what it is and what it does.
What Purpose Does Mouthwash Serve?
We learn at a very early age that daily brushing and flossing are necessary habits to clean our teeth and care for our gums. But you may begin to wonder: “What more can mouthwash do for me?”
Mouthwashes are used for more reasons than you may realize, some of those being:
- to freshen breath
- help prevent or control tooth decay
- reduce plaque
- prevent or reduce gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease)
- reduce the speed that tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth
Dr. Gottlieb Sheds A Little More Light On Mouthwash
Our expert, Dr. Richard Gottlieb, is here to give some additional insight about mouthwash!
“Be careful what you purchase. Many mouthrinses on the store shelves do not have any science behind what they claim the rinse will do. Based on your condition, please ask us what product you should use at your next appointment.”
We’re Here To Help You Improve Your Oral Health Care Routine!
One of the most important things to remember is that rinsing your mouth with mouthwash does not replace daily brushing and flossing! Mouthwash is meant to act as an aid to brushing and flossing, helping to freshen breath and fight bacteria. If you have any more questions about mouthwash, let us know!
Thank you for your trust in our practice!
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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.