March 2, 2018
When involved in a battle, one strategy is to utilize any asset that will help to ensure a victory. You may not have known this, but you’re engaged in a constant war inside your mouth between oral wellness and bacteria, the main nemesis of your health. Your dentist reminds you that one of the great assets you have available is mouthwash. So as you continue reading, you’ll learn how this simple liquid acts as a formidable ally of preventive dentistry in the war for your oral health.
What is Mouthwash Composed of?
There are many different types of mouthwash, each with a specific function. Here are some of the main variations:
- Natural (Herbal) – This type of mouthwash will be without fluoride and will rely of natural herbs to address bad breath.
- Total Care – The total care option will be available over-the-counter and will contain anti-bacterial ingredients to reduce the build-up of plaque and prevent gum disease.
- Fluoride – The main benefit of fluoride mouthwash is that it helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth, the mineralized outer surface that protects the rest of the tooth from food particles, beverages and bacteria.
- Antiseptic – Prescribed by your dentist, an antiseptic mouthwash contains a compound called chlorhexidine gluconate, which stops the growth of bacteria. It is also suitable for people suffering from mouth infection and halitosis (bad breath).
- Cosmetic – You won’t get the same type of protection from a cosmetic brand, but it will at least aid in masking bad breath for a brief period. It will usually have little to no alcohol at all.
Can Mouthwash Substitute for Brushing and Flossing?
It’s important to keep the act of rinsing with mouthwash in its proper place. There are primary practices of oral hygiene that must be done, which are brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. While the use of mouthwash is of great importance, it can by no means substitute for the foregoing practices. The rinsing action can’t compete with the more invasive nature of brushing and flossing, agitating and fishing out leftover food particles and bacteria.
Still though, you should be using mouthwash at least once a day as a supplement to your brushing and flossing routine. If you’re using mouthwash to treat an issue like gum disease or chronic halitosis, then your family dentist will instruct you as to how often to rinse.
So now that you are better educated about the benefits of mouthwash and ready to take your oral health to a new level, follow the momentum. The best way to do that is by contacting your local dentist to schedule a preventive dentistry visit today!
About the Author
Dr. Katie Montgomery earned her dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. However, she still remains hungry for more knowledge and enthusiastically continues her education through attending seminars (including the prestigious Dawson Academy). A member of the American Dental Association, Dr. Montgomery practices at Montgomery Family Dental and can be reached for more information through her website.
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