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Is Mouthwash Necessary?

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Is mouthwash necessary? The answer is both no and yes.

If you floss your teeth every single day and you brush your teeth at least twice a day, then, no, mouthwash is not a necessary component of your oral health care.

However, if you hate to floss (therefore you don’t do it) and you occasionally skip brushing your teeth, then adding a mouthwash to your oral routine can benefit you a great deal.

Flossing and brushing are essential oral health habits that work to remove dental plaque from your mouth. Plaque is the sticky white substance that forms on your teeth throughout the day, and it is made up of millions of bacteria. Floss is the only tool designed to reach between the teeth to remove plaque from these tight spaces, and a toothbrush loosens plaque from the surfaces of the teeth so that it can be rinsed away. If you are not flossing and brushing every single day, then plaque is building up on your teeth and causing damage.

Mouthwash that has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval is guaranteed to help fight cavities and prevent gum disease. Cavities are formed by the acids that are produced from the bacteria inside the mouth, and gum disease occurs from these bacteria infecting the gum line. An antibacterial mouthwash will help kill these bacteria so that they cannot damage your teeth and gums. It is important to note that mouthwash will not rinse dental plaque away, but it will kill the bacteria living inside the plaque. You will have to endure scraping at the dentist’s office to remove plaque from your mouth – yet another reason to start flossing!

Mouthwash is also extremely beneficial to women who are pregnant. Pregnancy produces a huge fluctuation in hormones, which cause the gums to be more vulnerable to gum disease. Gum disease has been directly linked to miscarriage, preterm labor, and low birthweight babies. By adding mouthwash during pregnancy, women can protect their mouths and their growing babies.

At Brentwood Dental Group, we want to partner with you to achieve optimal oral health. If you would like a recommendation for a good mouthwash, call us today. We want to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group