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Isn’t There A Mouth Rinse That Cures Gum Disease?

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious bacterial infection. It’s not a simple matter of having a basic teeth cleaning. You need to take a very comprehensive approach when combating gum disease deep below your tissues and into the bone. Swishing with a minty rinse isn’t going to cut it.

What should you do?

Let’s consider what several common mouth rinses can do and then discuss what steps you need to take to treat and prevent periodontal disease.

Over-the-Counter Antimicrobial Rinse

Mouthwashes that contain:

  • Chlorhexidine gluconate
  • Cetylpyridinium chloride
  • Essential oils

…all have effective antiseptic properties. This makes them helpful in reducing how much dental plaque can accumulate. However, they won’t simply kill off all bacteria associated with gum disease.

Why not?

Why Periodontal Disease Is Dangerous

Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect the gums around your teeth – it involves the ligaments and bones that support your teeth. The harmful bacteria actually set up camp inside the tissues around your teeth deep below the gum line. A rinse simply can’t reach those areas!

What Can You Do?

Physical removal is the best way to get rid of bacteria that cause gum disease. This means daily brushing and flossing, and routine professional dental cleanings. After that, the use of a mouthwash may be recommended by your dentist to help prevent some of the bacteria from growing back.

There are also locally-administered antibiotics available for treating gum disease. These are usually effective when used along with a professional deep cleaning.

No rinse on its own will be effective against the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. But if gum disease is something you struggle with, they can help you gain the upper hand to keep it from coming back. Call your dentist today to learn more!

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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