When it comes to optimal oral health we all the know basics – brush, floss and rinse. But is mouthwash, or mouth rinse, really necessary? Let’s explorer the key benefits to using mouthwash.
1. Freshens Breath
Most patients use mouth wash for this reason, to freshen their breath. Swishing for thirty seconds will leave your mouth tasting minty clean and fresh. Especially if you’re headed to a speaking event or are going to be talking to others face to face, a swish of mouthwash will do the trick.
2. Removes Food Debris
Brushing and flossing will loosen up stuck on food debris but they may still be floating around in your mouth. Swishing with mouthwash after routine brushing and flossing will carry away those left over food particles.
3. Cavity Protection
Most over the counter and prescription mouth rinses contain fluoride. Fluoride kills the bacteria that causes cavities and helps to strengthen enamel. The uptake of fluoride into the enamel is greater after brushing and flossing off soft plaque from the tooth surfaces.
4. Reduces Sensitivity
Prescription mouth rinses that contain a higher amount of fluoride will not only provide protection from cavities but they also reduce sensitivity. The higher levels of fluoride can block the sensitive areas of the teeth, reducing overall sensitivity.
5. Fights Gum Disease
Ingredients in mouthwash eliminate bacteria that cause gum disease. Swishing twice a day keeps the bacteria levels down which can reverse mild gingivitis and keep periodontitis from getting worse.
6. Reduces Dry Mouth
There are specific brands that will help to stimulate the production of saliva. Swishing several times a day will keep the mouth moist and help you make more of your own saliva.
7. Whitens Teeth
Some mouthwash contains whitening ingredients like hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has been shown to safely and effectively brighten teeth.
Mouthwash does not replace brushing and flossing but it does give you an extra level of protection for your overall dental health. Keep in mind, an alcohol free mouthwash is recommended. Why not add rinsing to your daily dental routine? Brush, floss and rinse twice a day for optimal oral health.