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Should I use mouthwash or just brush my teeth?

Posted on 12/5/2022 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
Should I use mouthwash or just brush my teeth?Many patients that come to our practice always ask if they can use mouthwash even if they brush twice daily. Our dentists are knowledgeable and passionate about dentistry and always take the time to advise and educate our patients about safe oral practices. Flossing and brushing should form the basis of your proper dental practices, but mouthwash can be a significant addition. Mouthwash has several dental health benefits that you consider. These benefits will ensure that you achieve optimal oral wellness and keep dental problems at bay.

What are the benefits of mouthwash

Many people associate mouthwash with fresher breath. While this is true, mouthwash has other oral benefits. Mouthwash for instance can reach the problem areas where your toothbrush is unable to penetrate. Therefore, you will be reducing the risk of having tooth decay and cavities developing.

Mouthwash can also help you avoid gum disease. Therefore, mouthwash is a preventive solution that is sure to help you from losing your teeth due to receding gums. mouthwash controls plaque in your mouth. This bacterial film which is the major cause of numerous dental problems can be detrimental to your dental health if left untreated. Mouthwash slows the process of plaque build-up and tartar formation.

When is the ideal time to use mouthwash?

There is always a debate on whether to use mouthwash after or before brushing. There is no sure answer for this question since sometimes it boils down to personal preference. Reputable institutions like Mayo Clinic advise using it after flossing and brushing. On the contrary, the National Health Service advises against this since you may wash the fluoride from your toothpaste. However, it is important to note that there are mouthwashes that contain fluoride.

Regular dental visits will ensure that our dentist examines your dental health while educating you on the best practices to follow. You can also get vital questions asked by calling us at our offices.

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