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Mouthwash: Do you really need to use it?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Q: Is it necessary to use mouthwash?
A: Mouthwash is beneficial to your oral health.
Q: How so?
A: It can reduce bad breath, periodontal disease, and if it contains fluoride it can even reduce cavities. If you are prone to cavities, you may benefit from using a mouthwash.
Q: Great, so I don’t have to brush or floss anymore?
A: Sorry to get your hopes up, but brushing and flossing remain highly important for your dental health. Mouthwash does not replace brushing and flossing, but together they are like the three musketeers of dental health.
Q: Should I use mouthwash before or after brushing and flossing?
A: It is most advantageous to use mouthwash last, and to not rinse your mouth out with water afterwards. The reason for this is that when you introduce water into your mouth, you are preventing some of the fluoride from coating your teeth. Fluoride in regulated quantities is beneficial for your oral health.
Q: What kind of mouthwash should I use?
A: Whichever brand you prefer, as long as you make sure that the label says that it is alcohol-free. There has been some debate about whether or not mouthwashes containing alcohol can contribute to oral cancer. It would be wise choose a variety that does not contain alcohol. Most new mouthwashes do not contain alcohol. Choosing a mouthwash that contains fluoride is also a good idea.
Q: Thanks for the info!
A: Our pleasure, we are here to help you achieve great oral health and smile confidence! Please comment if you have any questions, or topics you would be interested in reading about on our blog.

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3 Comments:

At March 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM , Anonymous Cb12 said...

Nice healthy information you have shared on mouthwash to support oral health. Thanks.

 
At July 1, 2013 at 11:30 PM , Blogger Calvin Fred said...

I have a pain in my gums and my teeth are getting longer. What should i do to prevent periodontal disease? What type of mouthwash is good to use?

 
At August 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Aria Dental said...

Dear Calvin,

There are two major factors that can lead to bone loss and recession making your teeth appear longer:
1. Periodontal disease or Gum disease can lead to loss of bone and periodontal attachment;
2. Parafunctional habits like Clenching and/or grinding can lead to bone loss by putting excessive & chronic pressure on the bone and ligaments surrounding your teeth. This can also lead to bone loss.
I don't think using a mouthwash alone would prevent any of these problems. My recommendation is to see your dentist as soon as possible to assess the cause behind your bone loss and recession and then proceed with the recommended treatment.
I hope this helps!

 

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