To keep your teeth healthy, dental health professionals recommend brushing a minimum of two times per day and flossing at least once daily. Mouthwashes are supposed to be the icing on the cake, and there are claims that regular usage is good for the mouth. How true is this, though? Is it really important to add a mouthwash to your dental routine? Find out below:
- There are 2 classes of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes help prevent bad breath and leave a good taste in the mouth. However, they do not treat the underlying cause of bad breath.
- Therapeutic mouthwashes, on the other hand, contain active ingredients (like chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium chloride, fluoride, or peroxide) that control/reduce the occurrence of dental conditions like bad breath, gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay.
- While therapeutic mouthwashes that contain essential oils are available over-the-counter, you will need a prescription to procure those with chemical ingredients.
- A therapeutic mouthwash is a good complement for brushing and flossing. However, you cannot use it to replace the those hygiene musts. On the contrary, if you brush and floss regularly, you can do without a mouthwash.
- Mouthwashes have proven effective for dry mouth, a condition that causes cavities. To treat dry mouth, however, opt for a non-alcoholic mouthwash. Alcohol is one of the contributing factors of dry mouth.
- Mouthwashes that contain fluoride are good for tooth enamel, the protective layer of the teeth. They slow down enamel breakdown and help it regain mineralization.
To learn how mouthwashes can improve your oral health, talk to a dentist. If they discover that you need one, you will be given a prescription to get a therapeutic mouthwash.
If you live in Texas, visit Lonestar Dental Center in Humble for all your oral care needs. Call 281-233-0333 now to make an appointment.