Having a regular oral health routine is important to keeping your mouth clean.
Brushing two times each day will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and functional. We also recommend adding mouthwash to each brushing or at least once per day. Less than of adults regularly use mouthwash despite its many positive attributes.
Keep reading for some of the most important reasons for you to use mouthwash in your daily routine.
1. Mouthwash and Antiseptics
A big part of keeping your mouth clean is killing the bacteria that grows inside it. Mouthwashes that contain Chlorhexidine are antiseptics, products made to kill bacteria and fungi. Antiseptics are best used in the mornings to clear out any trouble spots that formed overnight.
2. Mouthwash Stops Plaque from Forming
Plaque forms where bacteria grows. Mouthwash helps clear your teeth and mouth of bacteria that cause plaque buildup. It helps to fight plaque by coating your teeth in thin protective layers. Some essential oils in the ingredients can help to break through the cell walls of plaque, disrupting the problems it creates. Plaque-inhibiting mouthwash is great if you are in the early stages of gum disease.
3. Mouthwash is a Preventative Step
Mouthwash doesn’t only need to be a reactive step once you have a problem in your mouth. It is also successful at, possibly even better at, preventing issues before they arise. Mouthwash is a great addition to your twice-daily brushing that can further help stop cavities and the tooth decay they cause. Use your fluoride or standard mouthwash just after brushing or between brushing.
4. Mouthwash and Children
Mouthwash is good for people of all ages, including children. However, there are some things to keep in mind. Many types of mouthwash have alcohol in them. The alcohol isn’t bad in their mouth, but it is best to avoid them accidentally swallowing it. Also, children six and younger should not use mouthwash as their adult teeth are still forming. If you have specific questions, you can ask your children’s dentist.
5. Mouthwash and Sensitive Teeth
If you have sensitive teeth, don’t just grab any old mouthwash (or toothpaste or toothbrush, for that matter). Sensitive teeth have additional needs. Most products will have a label or callout on them if they are meant for people with sensitive teeth. If you have trouble finding this type of mouthwash, chat with your dentist to see which one they recommend.
Get Help with Your Oral Health that Goes Beyond Your Mouthwash
There is a lot of good stuff that goes into the mouthwash that you use. This mouthwash is just another weapon in your arsenal for fighting plaque, bacteria, and gum disease. Mouthwash is good between visits, but make sure to keep regular appointments to see your dentist to maintain your healthy smile. Give the Signature Smiles Dental team a call today to schedule you or your children’s next appointment.