Brushing and flossing your teeth are the best ways to avoid oral health issues like gingivitis. Finishing with mouthwash complements your oral hygiene routine. It is an effective tool in the fight against tooth decay, gingivitis, as well as the promotion of healthy teeth and gums. Here are some advantages from using mouthwash.
Bad breath is caused by food particles left in the mouth, plaque formation, use of certain medicines, infections in the lungs and tonsils, smoking or chewing tobacco, and certain periodontal diseases. Mouthwash kills bacteria associated with causing bad breath leaving you with minty fresh breath.
Removes Food Particles
Most people use mouthwash only after brushing. While this is a good practice, it can also be used to rinse out any food particles in your mouth after eating. Take advantage of the complimentary mouthwash that many restaurants offer in their restrooms.
Prevents Plaque Build Up
Many mouthwashes help prevent plaque buildup on your gums, in-between teeth, and on the surface of your teeth. Although it prevents the buildup of plague, it cannot reduce the plaque that already exists on your teeth. So, remember to always brush and floss to remove the plaque before it becomes a problem.
With regular use of mouthwash after you brush and floss, you can reduce the chances of cavities forming. Mouthwashes that contain fluoride can prevent cavities and strengthen your enamel. You should check the label for fluoride before purchasing.
Relieves Dry Mouth
Some mouthwashes act as saliva substitutes, which help people who don’t produce enough saliva. People with extreme dry mouth may have to use these multiple times a day.
If you’re uncertain about which mouthwash would best meet your oral health needs, ask your dentist or dental hygienist for suggestions regarding which kind you should use in your daily oral hygiene.