Choosing the Right Mouthwash

Patient from Gainesville, FL using mouthwashAre you looking to rev up your oral hygiene routine? Using a mouthwash can be a great additional tool for taking care of your smile. Plaque and leftover food debris that wasn’t removed from brushing and flossing can be washed away with mouthwash. Leaving plaque and food debris in your mouth can result in some serious oral health issues. Tooth decay and eventual tooth loss can be a consequence of plaque buildup in your mouth. Although there are great options like dental implants to restore missing teeth, we believe that prevention is the best tool for a healthy smile. Preventive oral health care should include brushing, flossing, and the use of a mouthwash if you want an extra boost in removing plaque. Today, Dr. Gary Altschuler explains types of mouthwash and how it can help your oral health for his patients here in Gainesville, FL.

Benefits of Using a Mouthwash

As we said before, brushing and flossing are the most crucial steps to avoid oral health problems. Using a mouthwash is a great extra step to add to your normal oral hygiene routine, but using it alone will not be an effective oral hygiene routine. Here are some of the benefits you can expect to enjoy when using a mouthwash:

  • Breath Freshener: Mouthwashes come in an array of flavors that can help freshen your breath. Although minty mouthwashes can freshen breath, it’s only a temporary solution. You can treat chronic bad breath by brushing and flossing regularly.
  • Washing Away Food Particles: Using a mouthwash before or after brushing can be beneficial. Using it before can loosen up food particles trapped in between teeth and using it after can wash away any particles you may have missed will brushing.
  • Prevent Cavities: If your mouthwash has fluoride in it, it can help stop cavities from forming. Fluoride helps teeth by making them more resistant to acid erosion due to plaque and the acids formed from bacteria and sugar.

Types of Mouthwash

Going down the oral health product aisle at the store can seem overwhelming with all the choices available. When choosing a mouthwash, it’s best to keep in mind your specific dental needs. Here are some of the common mouthwashes to choose from:

  • Fluoride Mouthwashes: These can be a great tool for those who are concerned about tooth decay. As we said before, fluoride will add extra protection for your teeth against tooth decay. However, you should be wary of an excessive amount of fluoride. Too much fluoride can actually be damaging and cause stains on your teeth.
  • Antiseptic Mouthwashes: These mouthwashes will typically contain alcohol to stop bacteria growth. You should be cautious to use mouthwash with alcohol if you have issues with dry mouth as this ingredient will only worsen the problem.
  • Natural Mouthwashes: These types of mouthwashes have become increasingly popular in recent years. Natural mouthwash will give you the same results as a normal mouthwash, but they do not contain alcohol or fluoride. It is also a great option because it can treat a mouth infection or injury.

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Mouthwash can be beneficial for those who feel like they need additional help removing bacteria, but is not a replacement method for brushing and flossing. Only using mouthwash will most likely result in serious oral health issues like tooth decay and tooth loss. If you find yourself in this situation for any reason, we offer high-quality dental implants to restore your mouth. Call our office to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation to begin your dental implant process today.