If your daily mouth-cleaning routine is normal, you likely brush and floss each day – but what about mouthwash? Some people swear by it, while others don’t find it necessary. With so many different types now available, it can also be hard to decide which suits your needs. Here are some mouthwash facts so that you can decide if it’s right for your regimen.
What They Do:
There are many uses that mouthwash provides – to freshen breath, to minimize plaque, to prevent gingivitis, and even just as an after-brush rinse. The main types of mouthwash are cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic varieties are mainly to mask bad breath and leave a pleasant taste, without killing bacteria or focusing on any other dental issues. Therapeutic varieties are for reducing plaque, fighting gingivitis and bad breath, and also preventing cavities. Many therapeutic mouthwashes contain fluoride.
Who Uses Them:
Mouthwash is beneficial for those who have difficulty brushing and flossing, as well as those with halitosis, or people with spaces or pockets in their gums. But they’re safe for anyone who is simply looking for an extra step to make their mouth as clean and fresh as possible.
How to Choose What Kind to Use:
As we mentioned above, not all mouthwashes are created equal. For example, some brands of mouthwash kill bacteria that cause cavities, while others merely offer a fresh minty flavour to hide bad breath. That said, the antibacterial versions often contain alcohol which may be a deterrent for some people. Since there are now many different types of mouthwash on the market, it’s a good idea to speak to a dental professional about the many options available.
If you aren’t sure whether or not mouthwash would be an effective addition to your oral hygiene routine, the smile team at Southeast Dental in Markham can help. At your next check-up, we can discuss the pros and cons and make the best decision for your specific needs.