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Mar
12

Use Mouthwash Daily For Optimal Oral Health

Posted in Gum Disease

There are many different types of mouth washes and mouth rinses on the market today.  One glance at the dental products aisle in any store can have someone dizzy with confusion.  Does someone need to use a mouthwash each day?  If so, which type of mouthwash should be used?  This article will discuss the advantages of using a daily mouth wash and help you make an informed decision about the type of mouthwash to use.

Mouth washes and mouth rinses should be considered the final step in your oral health routine.  Flossing should be done at least once a day. Brushing should be done at least twice each day.  If you want to use a mouth wash or mouth rinse, do so after brushing.

There are several advantages to using a daily mouth rinse.  If you are prone to cavities, a mouth rinse with fluoride may help prevent cavities (if you do not rinse your mouth with water afterwards).  If you are worried or predisposed to gingivitis or gum disease, a daily mouth rinse may help lower your total bacteria count, reducing periodontal diseases.  Finally, mouth rinses and mouth washes can reduce the total amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth, keeping your mouth healthier.  And, of course, there is the fresh feeling you get after a mouth rinse, which is always an added benefit.

There are a few things that should be remembered about mouth rinses and mouth washes.  They cannot replace good brushing and flossing and should only be used as the final step.  The protective benefits of mouth rinses are negated if you rinse or eat immediately after.  If you are going to use a mouth rinse, brush thoroughly, then use the mouth rinse, and then avoid eating or drinking for approximately 30 minutes after.

There are prescription dental rinses that your dentist may recommend after dental surgeries or if you have had a large number of mouth sores.  Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about the necessity of a dental mouth wash or rinse and how to use it as part of your daily oral health routine.

Posted on the behalf of North Point Periodontics

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