Why Mouthwash is an Oral Health Staple

Posted on 11/8/2021 by Dr. Saklofsky
Why Mouthwash is an Oral Health StaplePromoting proper dental health is essential for a healthy population. Aspiring to maintain proper dental health is applaudable, albeit difficult to navigate at times. Simply brushing your teeth is eons better than not brushing your teeth at all. Following brushing, there are simple actions you can add to your routine to really ensure that harmful bacteria stay far away from your pearly whites. In particular, today we will discuss why mouthwash is a dental routine staple.

Understanding the Function and Importance of Mouthwash

Bacteria is at the forefront and center of dental health and its routines. Our mouths harbor bacteria, and the harmful bacteria thrive off of the food we eat. Over time these bacteria decay teeth, and generate plaque and tartar. Preventing bacteria and pesky decay ensures that health is optimal.

Brushing helps physically scrub off a lot of the bacteria that forms over a day's journey. Floss gets in between teeth to remove chunks that brushing could not. Finally, the nail in the coffin for bacteria comes in the form of mouthwash. The liquid can cover the final areas not cleaned by brushing and flossing. Killing bacteria goes beyond preventing tooth decay, too. Mouthwash combats bad breath and dry mouth. A good portion of bad breath is a result of bacteria residing in the mouth. Many mouthwashes have fluoride, which actually strengthens teeth on top of cleaning them.

Mouthwash is a great aid at fighting harmful bacteria in the mouth. It is important to note, however, that while mouthwash kills bacteria, it should not substitute brushing. Mouthwash is simply the final step to maintaining an optimal level of dental hygiene. If you have any questions regarding mouthwashes and general dental wellbeing, have comfort and confidence contacting our office today.

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