Mouthwash is available at every major drug store. It comes in many different flavors and varieties. In having such an array of options, you may wonder who needs to use mouthwash. Do you?
Mouthwash is considered to be an “accessory” oral hygiene tool. The three most essential tools are dental floss, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. Used correctly and consistently, these three tools are enough to keep your mouth clean and your smile healthy.
However, every dentist knows that most dental patients do not floss their teeth every day. In fact, over 50% of dental patients never floss their teeth. If you are one of those, then you need to use mouthwash.
Your mouth is home to millions of oral bacteria every single day. When bacteria congregate together on the gum lines and around the teeth, they create oral plaque. This is the sticky, white substance that you can scrape off your teeth at the end of the day. Bacteria-laden plaque is what causes cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Those who floss daily do not have much plaque buildup, but for those who do not floss, plaque is wreaking havoc in your mouth as you are reading this.
Mouthwash with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval is the only mouthwash you should use. ADA endorsed mouthwash has the necessary ingredients to kill bacteria inside your mouth so that they do not damage your teeth. It is important to understand that mouthwash will not get rid of plaque; it will only kill the bacteria within the plaque. If you are not flossing, be ready to have your teeth scraped at the dentist.
At Juban Cowen Dental Care, we encourage all of our patients to take every necessary step for achieving a healthy smile. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. If you know that you are slacking in the area of flossing, add mouthwash to your daily oral routine. Protecting your smile is essential if you want it to last a lifetime. Contact us for a consultation.
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