Some people use mouthwash as a regular part of their morning routine – brush, floss, rinse and they’re off. Others only swish after having eaten something spicy that could cause temporary bad breath. The rest of us never use the stuff. So who’s right, who’s wrong or does it matter?
If you’re going to use a mouthwash for whatever reason, make sure it contains fluoride. Studies have determined that a fluoride rinse can help to guard against tooth decay. An antibacterial formula that contains alcohol can destroy the bacteria that leads to infection and gum disease. If your dentist tells you that you may be at high risk in either case the right mouthwash may give some added protection.
Even though the alcohol in some mouthwash does kill off harmful bacteria it can also make your mouth dry. Saliva benefits your oral health by washing away food debris and cavity causing plaque. If the natural flow of saliva is interrupted its beneficial quality is reduced.
Mouthwash is intended as extra additive for improving oral health, it is not a substitute for brushing and flossing every day. To get the most out of using a mouthwash swish it around for at least one minute and gargle. then spit it out.
Before you decide which mouthwash is right for you see what your dentist has to say on the subject. Schedule your appointment with Dt. Looze of Southlands Dental in Aurora today. Call the office @ 720-886-0606.