Do Your Teeth Get Healthier When You Use Mouthwash?
Posted on 6/13/2018 by Michael Westendorf, DDS
Your teeth are made to last a lifetime, so you need to make sure they are healthy and well cared for. Fortunately, mouthwash can help them to stay healthy. By making mouthwash a daily part of your oral hygiene routine, your teeth will be healthier and will look beautiful.
One of the main benefits that mouthwash has to offer your teeth is plaque prevention. Mouthwash can prevent plaque buildup on the gums, the surface of the teeth, and those tough-to-reach spaces between the teeth. However, the use of mouthwash should never become a substitute for brushing. While mouthwash can prevent plaque buildup, it cannot remove existing plaque.
Prevents Cavity Formation
The regular use of mouthwash can fight cavity formation and decay. Most mouthwashes contain fluoride, which is important when it comes to strengthening the enamel against decay. When your enamel is strong, the risk of cavities drops. Make sure that you always choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride in order to reap this benefit.
Rinses Away Food Debris
Mouthwash isn't just for use after you brush. You can use it at any time, and it will help to remove loose food particles from your teeth. Then, when you go to brush and floss later on, it will be easier to get these particles out of your mouth.
Freshens the Breath
While fresh breath might not necessarily impact your oral health, it is certainly a benefit. By reducing the bacteria level in your mouth, you'll minimize your coffee breath in the morning. There are plenty of flavor choices available to create the scent you desire.
Whether you need help choosing a mouthwash or have other questions about oral hygiene, we are here for you. We want your teeth to be as healthy and beautiful as possible. Contact us today to set up your next evaluation or dental cleaning.