Mouthwash: Can it Really Help Your Oral Health?

mouthwashRinsing with a mouthwash on a regular basis is a step that some people often don’t take while maintaining their oral routines. It’s hard to understand why because, while brushing and flossing daily is a great way to ensure that a healthy oral hygiene is kept, rinsing with mouthwash afterwards is another step that’s crucial in maintaining healthy gums and teeth. There are necessary agents found in mouthwashes that provide a further cleansing of the mouth once the flossing and brushing is complete.

It’s important to know how and why mouthwash is beneficial to our oral hygiene. Many believe that it’s an unnecessary step of a dental routine, and this is most likely because they are unaware of the great benefits that mouthwash can offer.

Today, we will cover what mouthwash does for our teeth and gums, and how it helps in our oral hygiene.

Can mouthwash really help oral hygiene?

Most mouthwashes contain antiseptics that provide an extensive cleansing of the entire mouth. When a person rinses with a mouthwash properly, the active agents destroy bacteria that has formed within the mouth. While toothpaste does have fighting agents, they are nothing like those found in most mouthwashes. The agents in the mouthwash can also help heal any existing infections around the gums or teeth. While they won’t necessarily cure them, they will aid in the process of healing.

What mouthwash provides

Brushing and flossing daily maintain clean teeth, but using a mouthwash regularly also keeps the gums healthy, the spaces between teeth clean, and the entire mouth as a whole. People only scrub their teeth, they don’t scrub the inner cheeks, underneath the tongue or even the roof of the mouth. This is where mouthwash comes into play - swishing it around the entire mouth ensures that it reaches those parts that can’t be scrubbed clean.

Mouthwashes don’t just provide a better way to clean certain parts of the mouth. They also provide for fresher breath. When someone brushes their teeth, they aren’t really scrubbing away the smell of their breath. And, when someone flosses, they are doing the opposite of getting rid of bad breath. Instead, they are pulling out leftover food particles from between the teeth, which most likely, doesn’t smell too great. Swishing mouthwash around for a few seconds will provide a fresher smelling breath afterwards. It washes away all of the excess gunk that was pulled out from flossing and scrubbing of the teeth.

If you’re still unsure about mouthwash, then give us a call today. We’re happy to go over the wonderful benefits that mouthwash has to offer. Our trained professionals can explain how mouthwash is an important part of maintaining a healthy dental routine.

Request an appointment here: or call McCarthy Dentistry at (740) 546-5178 for an appointment in our Marietta office.

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