Is Mouthwash Important?

Importance of Mouthwash

Does using mouthwash make a big difference in your oral health?

So many products are marketed to consumers who want to improve their dental health, but which ones actually work?

Mouthwash serves many purposes, depending on the ingredients. These rinses come in two main categories that will help you decide which type is going to fit your needs: therapeutic or
cosmetic.

Therapeutic Products

Certain types of mouthwash contain fluoride, and these treat and help to prevent tooth decay.
They also can help re-mineralize teeth that are prone to swift enamel wear.

Antiseptic products are also useful at preventing decay because they stop bacterial growth. This
type is commonly used to prevent infections like gum disease.

If you suffer from dry mouth, your doctor can prescribe some mouthwash that can replace saliva. You may be required to swish with this product multiple times a day in order to keep your mouth moist.

Cosmetic Products

Cosmetic mouthwash may appeal to you if you struggle with bad breath. While breath-freshening products don’t attack the root of halitosis, they do provide a quick solution for bad breath.

You also can potentially use mouthwash to whiten your teeth, although it’s doubtful if this
method produces any noticeable results, since it doesn’t have prolonged contact with your teeth.

When Should You Use It?

There is no proof that using mouthwash before brushing your teeth is any better than after, or vice versa, and dental professionals have reasons to support both sides of the debate.

If you swish and spit before you brush, it can loosen particles of food that may be lodged in your teeth, making brushing and flossing more effective. If you wait until after you brush and floss, mouthwash can act as an effective disinfectant, removing all loosened particles and leaving your mouth smelling and feeling fresh.

In general, regardless of which type of mouthwash you choose to use, you should gargle with it
three to four times, for a total of 30 to 60 seconds. This is especially important when using these products to cure bad breath. Much of the problematic bacteria causing halitosis is found in the back of the throat.

Which Type is Right for You?

No matter which brand you choose, mouthwash does not take the place of regular oral health
care. Brushing and flossing are still the most important actions you can take to make sure your
teeth stay clean and free of decay.

You can find out more about mouthwash when you make an appointment at Oak Hills Dentistry. Ask for a recommendation for a brand and type of mouthwash that will help you overcome bad breath or fight decay or gingivitis.