The Truth Behind Mouthwash

TV commercials with individuals rinsing their mouths with some sort of new type of mouthwash flood living rooms every day. Claiming to prevent cavities and strengthen tooth enamel, does mouthwash really work or are you just better off sticking with your normal toothbrush and toothpaste? Read on to learn more.

Don’t Supplement

Some individuals might assume that if your mouthwash can freshen your breath, help protect you from cavities, and rid your mouth of bacteria that there is no point to actually brushing your teeth. However, that is far from the truth. Mouthwash isn’t designed to supplement tooth brushing but is designed to use in addition to daily brushing and flossing. In order to get the best results possible for your oral hygiene and dental care, try creating a system that consists of brushing, flossing, and mouthwash both morning and night.

It Freshens Bad Breath

Let’s face it, everyone who bites into a garlic burger or onion rings is going to have breath that is less than appealing to your neighbors— that’s where something like mouthwash comes into play. You can excuse yourself to the restroom after a meal, swish with mouthwash, and come out feeling like a new and better smelling you.

However, if you have chronic bad breath and notice that even after you’ve brushed your teeth, had some water, avoided potent foods, and swished with mouthwash that you still have rancid breath, then you likely have some sort of oral infection or disease like gingivitis. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott right away to learn more about the root of your problem.

It Strengthens Teeth

Yes, it’s true that some mouthwashes can help to strengthen your tooth enamel because they are packed with fluoride. However, as mentioned above, simply using mouthwash on its own won’t do you any good— it needs to be used in conjunction with other things like tooth brushing and flossing.

As you can see, when used correctly, mouthwash can be a great addition to your oral health routine. To learn more about your oral health or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott, contact our office today!

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