You visit the dentist and leave with a bag containing a new toothbrush, floss, and a small bottle of mouthwash.
You stroll down the oral health aisle at the drugstore and you find multiple flavors, types, and brands of mouthwash.
So, you may be asking – Is mouthwash necessary? Well, the answer is that it depends on the state of your oral health.
For those who brush their teeth twice a day, floss at least once per day, and get regular dental cleanings, mouthwash is generally unnecessary. You may enjoy the “burn” and the clean feeling left behind from rinsing with mouthwash, and if that’s the case, you can continue to use it. However, it is not something that you need to incorporate into your daily routine.
However, some people strongly benefit from using mouthwash on a daily basis. People with diabetes or gingivitis, those who are prone to developing cavities, or those who do not practice proper oral hygiene should incorporate mouthwash. It is important to choose an antibacterial mouthwash that will kill the oral bacteria inside the mouth. Oral bacteria are responsible for gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay. If you fall into a category where your oral health is compromised, you should talk to your dentist about the best type of mouthwash for your oral needs.
Something important to understand is that mouthwash will not “cure” any of the current oral health issues you may have. If you have plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth, mouthwash will not penetrate the plaque and remove it from your teeth. For mouthwash to be most effective, you need to start with a clean mouth. Call your dentist to schedule a professional dental cleaning as soon as possible. Your smile is your most important accessory, so treat it with care.
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