Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Importance of Using a Mouthwash

Mouthwashes are used for a variety of reasons:

  • to freshen breath
  • help prevent or control tooth decay
  • reduce plaque (a thin film of bacteria that forms on teeth)
  • prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease)
  • reduce the speed that tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth or to produce a combination of these effects.
Most mouthwashes are available without a prescription. Your dentist can advise you whether you need a mouthwash and what kind of mouthwash to use depending on your oral health needs.

There are two types of mouthwashes:

  • Therapeutic mouthwashes. These can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath. Those that contain fluoride help prevent or reduce tooth decay.
  • Cosmetic mouthwashes. These may temporarily control or reduce bad breath and leave the mouth with a pleasant taste, but don’t deal with the causes of bad breath, kill the bacteria that cause bad breath; or help reduce plaque, gingivitis or cavities.
If you have difficulty brushing and flossing, a mouthwash may provide additional protection against cavities and gum disease. Remember to ask your dentist for the right mouthwash for you!

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  2. The mouthwash is one of the most effective products for maintaining good oral health. Aside from what has been said here, the mouthwash can also prevent your mouth from getting dry. A dry mouth can lead to serious mouth infections, and it can contribute a lot to the buildup of cavities between teeth. But using the mouthwash alone is not enough; it must always be combined with brushing and flossing.

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  4. Even though mouthwash can remove some harmful bacteria, it is still needed to brush our teeth and floss in order to remove food particles stuck or hidden between teeth.

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