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Should I Use a Mouthwash?

Optimal oral hygiene often involves a multifaceted approach, with brushing and flossing taking center stage. But what about mouthwash? Is it a game-changer or an optional extra?

Beyond the minty flavor and that "clean" feeling, mouthwash can play a crucial role in maintaining good oral health. Take a peek at why incorporating mouthwash is a valuable addition to your daily routine for maintaining a healthy mouth.

Why Use Mouthwash?

Mouthwash provides a refreshing and clean sensation while assuring you of fresh breath. Additionally, it offers notable benefits for oral health by reducing the bacterial population in your mouth and minimizing the formation of dental plaque. Another advantage of mouthwash is that it can clear out the debris left in your mouth after brushing and flossing, flushing out your mouth more completely. Incorporating mouthwash into your routine helps to prevent periodontal disease, and it helps to reduce the risk of cavities.

If you brush your teeth well twice daily and floss daily, mouthwash is not strictly necessary. However, most dentists highly recommend adding mouthwash to your morning and evening routine.

Which Mouthwash Should I Use?

There are several different types of mouthwash available on the market. Finding the best one for you will require identifying your oral hygiene needs. Some mouthwashes contain sodium fluoride, which is widely used to help prevent cavities and fight tooth decay. Other mouthwashes contain alcohol, which can effectively kill bacteria but can cause dry mouth and irritation. Finally, cosmetic mouthwashes and breath sprays are primarily used to cover up bad breath.

How to Use Mouthwash

It is important to note that mouthwash complements brushing and flossing, not a replacement. It will not address underlying issues like bad breath or other dental problems. It should be used as a finishing rinse after teeth are thoroughly cleaned.

To use mouthwash, swish it around the mouth and gargle with it at the back of your throat. Then, spit the mouthwash out.

Mouthwash Alternatives

Some people prefer to use more natural solutions to mouthwash. These solutions are generally inexpensive and will combat bad breath. For a mouthwash alternative, try the following:

  • Cinnamon chew sticks

  • Drinking more water

  • Essential Oils (peppermint, clove, orange)

  • Parsley

  • Swish with apple cider vinegar

  • Salt-water rinses

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dental care, so the best thing you can do is discuss your oral health needs with your dentist.

If it is time for you to have a regular check-up or want to talk about oral health issues, reach out to Value Dental Care. Our trained staff is always ready to help you with all your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices.

Email or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.




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