Is A Mouthwash Necessary?

Are you considering adding mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine? If yes, you may be wondering whether it is useful and effective. If used correctly, mouthwash can provide many benefits to your mouth. Learn the benefits of incorporating mouthwash into your dental cleaning regimen.


The top benefit of mouthwash is that it provides fresh and clean breath. Bad breath can occur due to various reasons such as poor oral hygiene, certain medications, consuming certain foods, a dry mouth, and gum disease. The good thing is that mouthwash can help to cut down on foul breath [halitosis]. It kills the bacteria causing the bad smell.

It also helps to moisten the mouth and loosen food particles likely to cause bad breath. While it may not eliminate the bad breath completely, mouthwash should be your first option if you notice that your mouth has a bad odor. If halitosis becomes persistent, you should consider seeking professional help. A dentist will determine the root cause of halitosis and create a good treatment plan.


The bacteria in the mouth mixes with food particles to form plaque. If ignored, plaque will irritate the gums, causing inflammation and bleeding. When you rinse your mouth with mouthwash, you will kill the bacteria that harm the gums. Mouthwash contains active ingredients that help to prevent plaque. For instance, antimicrobials found in mouthwashes kill the harmful bacteria in the mouth. With this, you will protect and keep your gums free from gum disease.


As you know, mouthwash contains different ingredients, and you can choose one depending on your oral needs. Are you susceptible to cavities? Do you have weak enamel? Fluoride-containing mouthwash helps to remineralize your teeth and strengthen the enamel. Visit our office for more information about mouthwashes.

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