Your smile and overall oral health depend on a few basic dental care habits: brush your teeth properly two times a day and floss. But, should you also add mouthwash to your routine to keep your teeth healthier and whiter?
The answer is not a simple "yes" or "no."
Do I Need to Use Mouthwash?
The simple answer is that it depends. Generally, if you clean your teeth thoroughly each day and you don't suffer from any medical condition, then mouthwash isn't really necessary. It will give your mouth a clean feel and ensure your breath is fresh, but it will not do wonders for your teeth if you don't brush and floss properly and regularly.
Some dentists recommend adding mouthwash that contains fluoride to your dental care routine because it can help prevent periodontal disease. It can also be a great addition to your oral health routine if you suffer from certain medical conditions, such as tooth sensitivity, dry mouth (xerostomia,) or dry socket.
How to Use Mouthwash
Use mouthwash after you've brushed and flossed your teeth. Swish it around your mouth for a few seconds and then gargle with it at the back of your throat. Spit it after you're done.
Most people use mouthwash because they like the clean and fresh feeling it gives them. But, if you are using mouthwash to keep your breath fresh, then you are doing it wrong. Mouthwash should only be an addition to your oral healthcare routine, not the root of it.
Moreover, come medications as well as acid reflux or chronic sinus inflammation can give bad breath. It's better to talk to your physician or dentist first before you try treating yourself.
At Mountain View Family Dental, we can help you understand what the best oral care routine for your needs is and how to best implement it.
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