Think of mouthwash as an added positive habit to help with oral health. Mouthwashes can be helpful in lessening the risk of periodontal disease and reducing risk of tooth decay, but they should never be used as a substitute for brushing your teeth. Mouthwash should always be used in conjunction with good hygiene habits.
There are two types of mouthwash that are typically recommended by your dentist: antibacterial mouthwash and fluoride containing mouthwash.
Antibacterial mouthwash is often recommended for patients with periodontal (gum) disease, high plaque and bacterial levels, gum infections, and as a mouth rinse after oral surgery or periodontal surgery.
Fluoride containing mouthwash is typically recommended for patients with a moderate to high rate of dental tooth decay, children in braces, patients with a dry mouth, patients who have had a history of extensive dental work, and older patients at risk for tooth decay on the roots of their teeth.
There is a third type, cosmetic mouthwash, that essentially works to freshen breath and make your teeth feel clean, but does not protect against tooth decay.
Ask us to see if you could benefit from the use of mouthwash or to see if you are using the correct type of mouthwash.