Is Mouthwash Important for Your Oral Health?

Posted on: November 22, 2018

A common question that we hear here in our dental office relates to if the use of mouthwash is essential for a person's teeth and oral health. Today, we will visit the topic and help our patients better understand the benefits of using mouthwash and how it can improve someone's teeth and oral health.

Is using mouthwash important?

One thing that is important to understand is that mouthwash is not needed to have good oral health. However, it is a beneficial positive that can be added to a person's oral health routine and help in keeping their teeth and gums in optimal condition. Dental professionals agree that it is advantageous to have a regular use of mouthwash included in your home teeth cleaning routine.

Below, we are going to look at some of the benefits of using mouthwash along with exactly how mouthwash should be used in a person's oral hygiene routine.

What are the pros of using mouthwash

  1. Using mouthwash that also includes fluoride will help in reducing the chance of the formation of cavities, and even in preventing periodontal disease.
  2. Even if a person does not use a type of mouthwash that includes fluoride, there are benefits. It can significantly help in reducing the change of periodontal disease forming.
  3. After using mouthwash, someone will have very fresh smelling breathe, and their mouth will feel even cleaner.
  4. Using mouthwash can help in reducing the quantity of dental plaque, as well as the number of bacteria in the mouth.

Mouthwash should never be used as the only type of dental hygiene

It is important to note that the use of mouthwash should never be solely relied upon as the only type of cleaning a person does. It is critical that brushing twice a day and flossing is also done. However, adding mouthwash to a person's dental routine can be added and very advantageous to their overall oral health.

Most dental professionals agree that it should be added as the final step in someone's daily dental hygiene routine; both in the morning and at night.

Read the label of the mouthwash

It is also important that someone is aware of the type of mouthwash that they are using. Like any product, it is essential that a person reads the label before using the mouthwash. It is necessary to choose one that has therapeutic active ingredients, as well as fluoride if possible to help in preventing cavities. Under no circumstance should anyone attempt or try to ingest mouthwash. It should always be spit out after each use. Never swallow the mouthwash. This is also the reason young children should never use mouthwash.

Have more questions about mouthwash? Contact us today!

Do you have more questions about mouthwash and which is the best choice? Contact our office, and our staff is always ready to answer any additional questions you may have. Our dental team is still eager and willing to help people make the best choices for their oral health. Contact us today, and let us help you.

Request an appointment here: or call Edison Dental Health Center at (732) 738-5650 for an appointment in our Edison office.

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