The Importance of Mouthwash
While mouthwash is not a sufficient replacement for brushing and flossing on a daily basis, it may be a helpful addition to the oral hygiene routine for some. It is an effective tool in fighting gingivitis, tooth decay, and promotes healthy teeth and gums. Who doesn’t want a shiny, clean smile? Your mouth wash can actually help in achieving and maintaining your oral health. Here’s how:
Eliminate Oral Bacteria
Mouthwash takes care of harmful bacteria that hide in the nooks and crannies of your mouth. It provides you with that extra protection that you need since toothbrushes and floss may not be able to reach every spot. Mouthwashes with antiseptic properties can be especially helpful in this regard, protecting against gingivitis as well as mouth and throat infections.
Remove Excess Particles
Swishing around a mouthful of mouthwash can assist in removing food particles that get stuck between your teeth. If you do this before brushing your teeth, you will soften and loosen those trapped food particles, making brushing much easier. This is especially helpful if you have braces!
No More Plaque & Tartar
Plaque and tartar are major causes of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque, the soft film that forms on your teeth, contains millions of bacteria that use the sugar in food to produce acid. When it is not removed after a period of time, it hardens and is then classified as tartar.
When teeth are exposed to acids produced by bacteria, the fluorides erodes. Fluoride mouth rinses increase the fluoride content of your teeth, which leads to strengthened enamel. It will make your teeth more resistant to decay, but you should always ask your dentist before using a fluoride mouth rinse.
Bye, Bad Breath
Mouthwash can temporarily reduce bad breath, and there are tons of flavors to choose from. However, if you feel the need to use mouthwash constantly to reduce your bad breath, you should consult your dentist.
Jacksonville Dental Care
At Jacksonville Dental Care, we have helped many patients correct years of oral neglect in just one or two comfortable and stress-free dental appointments. Keep your smile bright by contacting us today, or visit us online!