When it comes to your oral health, nothing beats flossing your teeth everyday and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Both of these are the best ways to avoid dental health issues like cavities, decay, and gingivitis. Adding a mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene will truly set you up for success. Mouthwash is a useful tool in the fight against oral health issues and the promotion of healthy teeth and gums. While mouthwash should never be used as a substitute for proper oral hygiene, mouthwash does more than just freshen your breath. Keep reading to find out the benefits of mouthwash for your entire mouth.
- Stops cavities from forming: First and foremost, you want to protect your teeth from decay. With regular use, mouthwash can reduce your chances of developing cavities. It is vital to choose a mouthwash with the American Dental Association’s seal of approval to ensure that your mouthwash contains the necessary ingredients to kill damaging bacteria.
- Prevents plaque buildup: Most mouthwashes help prevent plaque buildup on the teeth and at the gum line. Although mouthwash will prevent more buildup from occurring, it will not reduce the amount of plaque that already exists on your teeth. The only way to remove plaque is to floss.
- Removes particles from the teeth: Most people use mouthwash after brushing as an added layer of protection. While this is most certainly helpful, mouthwash can also be used before brushing to rinse out loose particles of food that have become stuck in your mouth. Rinsing can make flossing and brushing more effective.
- Freshens breath: The most obvious reason for using mouthwash is to freshen your breath. Mouthwash with a minty flavor will temporarily reduce bad breath. Using mouthwash is especially helpful after a pungent meal or drinking coffee or alcohol.
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