Your dentist has encouraged you to floss your teeth daily and brush your teeth at least twice a day for as long as you can remember. However, walking down the dental health aisle may make you question whether or not mouthwash is necessary.
The answer to the necessity of mouthwash depends on your commitment to your daily oral hygiene. If you are brushing and flossing every single day, then mouthwash is not a necessary component to your at-home dental routine. You are doing your part to remove damaging plaque from your teeth in order to prevent cavities and decay.
If you are not an avid flosser and you occasionally skip out on brushing your teeth, it would be advisable to add mouthwash to your dental care.
Bacteria are present inside the mouth in astronomical numbers. These bacteria are there to help with the breakdown of food particles that are left behind after eating and drinking. They work to break down these particles so that they do not stay trapped in your teeth. However, while these bacteria are trying to assist your mouth, they begin creating acids to help in their endeavors. It is these acids that are incredibly damaging and will cause cavities.
Mouthwash is an oral tool that can be used to kill the damaging bacteria inside your mouth. All mouthwash options that have the American Dental Association’s (ADA’s) seal of approval are guaranteed to contain ingredients that will prevent cavities from developing and will protect the mouth from gum disease. Rinsing with a mouthwash is recommended for those who simply choose to not floss their teeth, who skip out on brushing, and/or who do not visit the dentist on a regular basis.
Mouthwash was never intended to replace flossing or brushing – those are the two best methods for cavity prevention and oral health. However, at Southern Charm Dental, we understand that mouthwash offers benefits to many patients. If you would like a recommendation of the best mouthwash to use, please call us today. Or, better yet, call and schedule an appointment for a thorough cleaning!