Why Use a Mouthwash?

Why Use a Mouthwash?

Posted by Dr. Abeyta on Jun 13 2012, 01:55 AM

Mouthwash is a great addition to your smile care routine. It helps remove food and debris from your teeth, which can reduce the risk of you developing cavities. Using a mouthwash with fluoride can also help strengthen your enamel. Other benefits include:

Keep your teeth clean

It’s important for your teeth to stay clean, and brushing twice a day isn’t enough on its own. If you don’t properly clean and care for your teeth, it could lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. However, mouthwash can be part of your preventative care routine.

Freshens Breath

Over-the-counter mouthwashes are available to help freshen your breath. But because of their alcohol content, they should be used with caution. Alcohol-based mouthwashes can cause irritation or can dry out the soft tissue in your mouth. Instead, the CDA recommends using an ADA-approved mouthwash twice a day.

Strengthen your teeth

The biofilm acid attack often causes tooth decay and periodontal disease. The mouthwashes with fluoride help repair the enamel of your teeth.

The mouthwashes with fluoride help repair the enamel of your teeth. This mineral, along with calcium and phosphate, helps form the enamel layer of your teeth. The fluoride mouthwashes also help with remineralization and recalcification, helping your teeth remineralize your enamel layer and making it stronger.

Help prevent gum disease

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria along the gum line. Using mouthwash can help prevent gum disease, because mouthwash helps to remove plaque and bacteria from along the gum line. Plaque and bacteria buildup can lead to inflammation of the gums, and may lead to bleeding.

Treat canker sores

Mouthwash can be used to help prevent canker sores. Canker sores form when acidic foods come into contact with the mouth. The acid in your mouth can burn the soft tissue of the mouth, causing canker sores. Using mouthwash with fluoride can reduce the incidence of these painful sores.

Treat bad breath

Mouthwash is a great way to quickly freshen your breath after a meal. It can also reduce your risk of gum disease and cavities.

Mouthwash is effective at killing harmful bacteria in your mouth, which can contribute to bad breath. It can also help remove food particles and plaque buildup between your teeth.

Strengthen your gums

A mouthwash can help strengthen your gums. The fluoride in mouthwash helps strengthen your teeth and your gums as well. The fluoride in mouthwash also helps strengthen the enamel of your teeth, making it more resistant to bacteria.

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