Brushing, flossing, and using a Waterpik are the best ways to avoid oral health problems like gingivitis. However, adding mouthwash to this routine gives many added benefits to your oral health. Mouthwash is an effective tool to fight against tooth decay, gingivitis, and helps promote healthy teeth and gums. Here are just a couple benefits from using mouthwash.
Mouthwash is a great way to help reduce bad breath. It works by killing the bacteria that causes bad breath, especially on the tongue. There are several varieties and flavors to choose from. Many people use mouthwash after brushing. It can also be used before to help remove loose particles in the mouth and make brushing and flossing more effective.
Some mouthwashes help prevent plaque build up on your gums, in-between teeth, and on the surface of your teeth in between brushing. Although it prevents the build up of plague, it cannot reduce the plaque that already exists on your teeth. So remember to always brush and floss to remove the plaque before it becomes a problem. Be sure to check the label to ensure it is a mouthwash that will help reduce plaque.
Using a fluoride mouthwash can help prevent cavities by strengthening the enamel. It is most effective when used after brushing. It is important to rinse for 60 seconds then spit out the excess and not to rinse the teeth. This dilutes the fluoride causing it to not be as effective. Being sure to rinse your mouth at night; leaves a protective coating of fluoride on your teeth to fight off bacteria while you sleep.
Mouthwash is a quick and effective way to give your mouth added protection and improve oral health. If you are unsure which type of mouthwash to use ask your dentist or dental hygienist. Your dentist or hygienist can help guide you to the one that will fit your needs the best.
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