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Mouthwash – Why Should You Use It?

Why should you use mouthwash? Mouthwash has many oral health benefits that should not be overlooked. Just like dental floss, toothbrushes, and water flossers, mouthwash can get in-between your teeth to clean hard to reach areas. It also reduces the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Here is a short list of some of the benefits to using mouthwash:

  • Prevents and controls tooth decay
  • Reduces plaque in the mouth
  • Prevents and reduces gingivitis (early stage of gum disease)
  • Reduces the speed that tartar forms in the mouth
  • Freshens breath by reducing oral bacteria
  • Removes food particles from around the mouth

Not all mouthwashes are the same, however. There are two main types of mouthwash. Therapeutic Mouthwashes have active ingredients that kill and reduce bacteria in the mouth. This helps to prevent gingivitis, plaque and tartar buildup, and cavities.  The other main type of mouthwash is generally referred to as Cosmetic Mouthwash. Cosmetic mouthwash may temporarily control bad breath and leave your mouth with a pleasant taste after use, but it does not improve your oral health. That is, it does not come with the same oral health benefits that therapeutic mouthwash does.

To improve your oral health, we recommend therapeutic mouthwash for obvious reasons. Some therapeutic mouthwashes are only available through a prescription, but many are available over-the-counter. Talk to your dentist to ask whether you require mouthwash and what kind of mouthwash would work best for you.

Lastly, mouthwash is not recommended for children under the age of 6. This is mainly due to the fact that kids may accidentally swallow large portions of the mouthwash which can cause nausea, vomiting, and intoxication (due to the alcohol content in some types of mouthwash).

Mouthwash has the potential to greatly benefit your oral health. Therapeutic mouthwashes can reduce plaque build-up, cavity risk, tartar build-up, and the risk of gum disease all with a simple 30 second swish each day. It also removes food particles that are left behind after meals from the mouth and clean hard to reach areas in-between the teeth.

Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact our team at Apple Dental Group today and we help to answer your questions!