Wash your mouth out: The importance of mouthwash

When it comes to good dental hygiene, everyone knows about brushing and flossing regularly.

However, one element of the cleaning routine that often gets neglected is the use of mouthwash.

When used appropriately and in conjunction with thorough brushing and flossing , mouthwash can help to reduce the bacteria in your mouth that lead to dental plaque and gum disease, as well as give you minty-fresh breath.

What can mouthwash do for your oral health?

Today, there are many different kinds of mouthwashes available and you can get them relatively easily without the need for a prescription.

Mouthwash can help with a variety of dental issues, depending on the type that you purchase. Some target the bacteria that is found in the mouth, which can form dental plaque if left to build up.

This leads to that ‘fuzzy’ feeling you get when you haven’t brushed your teeth, and over time, the bacteria also produce acid that deteriorates the tooth’s enamel and can lead to serious decay, infection and gum disease.

Mouthwashes with antimicrobial agents deal directly with these types of bacteria, helping to reduce your risk of gingivitis (a common gum disease) and also freshen your breath.

Another star ingredient in mouthwash products is fluoride, a mineral that has been shown to help reduce the problem of tooth decay by hardening the enamel.

Things to consider

The main thing to remember is that rinsing with mouthwash doesn’t replace your regular brushing and flossing routine, which should still be carried out at least twice a day.

However, an appropriate mouthwash with the right ingredients can work in conjunction with your regular cleaning habits to protect your teeth even more effectively.

Maintaining your dental hygiene in this way can help you achieve those strong pearly whites, but if more serious problems arise it’s a good idea to consult your cosmetic dentist for more lasting treatments such as veneers or invisalign braces.