Use Mouthwash to Avert Gum Diseases

Use Mouthwash to Avert Gum Diseases

If you’re ready to take your dental hygiene to the next level, then it’s time to start using mouthwash. Mouthwashes, which are sometimes referred to as oral rinses or mouth rinses, are liquid products used for washing the mouth, typically through gargling or swishing. Rinsing with mouthwash will help you keep your mouth clean and your teeth healthy.

Using mouthwash is an important part of any dental health routine. Mouthwash, which usually contains antiseptics for killing bacteria harmful to teeth and gums, is used in conjunction with flossing and teeth brushing to reduce the level of plaque and debris in the mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash as daily can help you prevent the onset of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.

There are two main kinds of mouthwashes: therapeutic and cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes generally contain antiseptics, which help reduce or prevent the growth of germs and bacteria in the mouth. While cosmetic mouthwashes freshen breath, they don’t protect your teeth; therapeutic mouthwashes can protect teeth and freshen breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes often offer features such as teeth whitening and cavity prevention. Certain, less common mouthwashes can treat fungal growth, inflammation, and dry mouth.

Rinsing with mouthwash might be especially useful for you depending on your existing dental hygiene habits. If you have a hard time brushing and flossing your teeth as much as you’d like to, using mouthwash daily can be a great baseline goal — though of course we still recommend doing your best to brush and floss daily in addition to rinsing with mouthwash!

Ready to learn more about how mouthwash can help make you a dental rock star? Call our Durham, North Carolina, office at 919-471-9106 now to schedule an appointment. Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, DMD and the entire team here at Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates are excited to see you and answer any questions you have about mouthwash.

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