This post from David Rice DDS in Elgin is about mouthwash, and the benefits you’ll get from using it. Or are there benefits?
There are many different types of mouthwash on the market. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath.
Many people wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two critical habits that have the greatest effect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash required?
When our patients ask about mouthwash, we tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as touted. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same merit.
People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve it. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the problem because they can cause dry mouth—a condition that can contribute to bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are usually more efficient for freshening breath. These products are usually called fluoride rinses.
Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, select one that contains fluoride and no alcohol.
At David Rice DDS in Elgin, the dental health of our patients is our top concern. We offer general and family dentistry, and special services like dental implants. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.