We already know the lasting effects of not brushing your teeth include plaque build-up, bacteria infestations, and bad breath. We also know the value of proper flossing, especially when paired with thorough toothbrushing. The third step is the most simple and perfect way to round out your optimal at-home oral care. Check out why mouthwash might be the not-so-secret ingredient your mouth is missing…
What is Mouthwash?
Mouthwash is a once-a-day rinse that is used after you brush and floss. The purpose is to pack an extra punch against bad breath and any bacteria that could still be lingering after brushing. The star ingredient that gets the job done best is fluoride. Mouthwash that contains fluoride can help strengthen the enamel protecting your teeth.
In addition to strengthening the enamel and combating bad breath, mouthwash loosens up food particles that might be hiding in the mouth, whether on the inside of your cheeks or even between your teeth. Swishing or gargling makes it possible to reach even those hardest to reach areas, creating a cleaner mouth overall.
Another benefit goes back to the fluoride, which can help prevent cavities. Of course, cavity prevention is the main goal of at-home dental care between professional teeth cleaning appointments.
Mouthwash makes for a perfect trifecta when it comes to keeping your teeth clean. Brushing cleans the surfaces of your teeth, flossing gets the impossible-to-see, in-between areas, and mouthwash comes in to clear it all away.
Lastly, mouthwash can even help ease the pain of canker sores and help prevent gingivitis (gum disease). A quick daily rinse goes a long way when it comes to easing the pain and irritation of these dental concerns.
Not a Replacement
Keep in mind that these benefits will not replace brushing or flossing. The three work together to make your mouth the freshest, healthiest, and cleanest it can be.
Contact us for mouthwash recommendations and to make sure your next cleaning is on our calendar!