The American Dental Associations explains that mouthwash does not replace brushing or flossing but, it may access difficult areas that your toothbrush can not get to. It may also help to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. Mouthwash can help:
- Prevent or control tooth decay
- Reduce plaque (a thin bio-film of bacteria that forms on teeth)
- Prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease)
- Reduce the speed that tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth or to produce a combination of these effects
- Freshen breath
With so many mouthwash ads it is hard to know what to choose.
It is important to understand the types of mouthwashes and the ingredients.
Therapeutic, or antibacterial mouthwashes have active ingredients that kill bacteria and can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, cavities and bad breath. Those that contain fluoride help prevent or reduce tooth decay.
Cosmetic mouthwash, temporarily controls or reduces bad breath and leaves your mouth with a pleasant taste, but will not reduce your risk of cavities or gum disease.
To see if you could benefit from the use of mouthwash in adjunct to your brushing and flossing routine or to see if you are using the correct type of mouthwash, ask Lakeshore Dental.