There are always commercials on the TV advertising mouthwash and how it benefits the mouth, however, you have never used it and are now wondering if you should start. Bottles of mouthwash claim that they fight plaque, prevent tooth decay, freshen breath, and even whiten the teeth. These all sound like great benefits from just a liquid that you rinse your mouth with, but is mouthwash necessary to have on your bathroom counter?
First, let us just be clear and point out that swishing with a mouthwash cannot take the place of brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis! Nothing benefits the teeth and gums more than flossing, and nothing helps the mouth to stay clean and fresh like brushing. However, there are benefits to using a mouthwash, which may make you want to consider adding it to your oral health care routine in 2016.
- Mouthwash does in fact fight gum disease. Periodontal disease is a very serious condition that can wreak havoc on the mouth – leading to tooth loss, bone degeneration, and even oral cancer. An antibacterial mouthwash containing alcohol or chlorhexidine can help to prevent gum disease from affecting the mouth.
- Mouthwash fights and prevents cavities. Fluoride is a main ingredient in most mouthwash formulas, and there are countless studies that prove that fluoride reduces demineralization and decay of the teeth. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, which makes the teeth much less susceptible to acquiring cavities.
- Mouthwashes can protect a mother and baby during pregnancy. Periodontal disease has a high association with pregnancy due to a woman’s high hormonal changes that occur. Bacteria that infect the gum tissue can easily pass into the blood stream and increase inflammatory markers, which can stimulate contractions. Periodontal disease during pregnancy is a direct risk factor for giving birth to pre-term, low-weight babies. Women who use a mouthwash throughout their pregnancies are less likely to go into early labor.
While mouthwash is not considered to be a necessary part of your daily routine, mouthwash can be a very beneficial addition. It is important to choose the right mouthwash for your mouth, and at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care we are here to help lead you in the correct direction. Call today to schedule a cleaning and checkup, and discuss with us the best mouthwash for you.
Posted by Mitul Patel DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
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