Should I be using a mouthwash as part of my oral hygiene routine?

Man holding bottle and cap with mouthwash in bathroom. You may be aware of the many types of mouthwash available in the local drugstore. Do you need one? What are the benefits of mouthwash? How do I pick the one right for me? These are all common questions heard from the team at Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center in Pennsylvania, and today, we will talk about the advantages of using mouthwash as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

What are the benefits of using mouthwash?

Mouthwash will help to:

  • Reduce plaque and gingivitis
  • Prevent cavities
  • Freshen breath
  • Kill bacteria

When used as part of a good oral hygiene routine at home, mouthwash can be an effective way to improve your oral health. Be sure to follow the specific directions on the bottle, and swish the mouthwash around for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out.

How often should I use mouthwash?

Most mouthwashes can be used daily. Check the directions on the bottle, but swishing around mouthwash for 30 seconds to 1 minute should be sufficient. Some people prefer to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing at night, while others like to use it in the morning hours to freshen up. Choose a time that works best for you, and be consistent with your oral hygiene routine.

Do I need to continue to see a dentist if I’m using mouthwash?

Yes! Even if you’re using mouthwash, it’s important to see a dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups. Mouthwash can help reduce plaque and gingivitis, but only a dentist can remove tartar buildup from your teeth.

Can you use mouthwash too often?

Yes, you can use mouthwash too often. Overusing mouthwash can lead to dry mouth, which can actually promote the growth of bacteria. Your dentist at Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center will advise you as to how often to use mouthwash, if at all, depending on your unique dental health situation.

How do I choose the right mouthwash for me?

Mouthwash comes in many different formulations, so choose one that meets your needs. If you have sensitive teeth, gums, or throat, look for a mouthwash that is alcohol-free. If you’re trying to combat bad breath, look for a mouthwash that contains zinc oxide or chlorine dioxide. Some mouthwashes contain fluoride, which can also help to prevent cavities. Talk to your dentist at Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center about which type of mouthwash is right for you.

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Learn more about caring for your smile with our Bethlehem and Allentown, PA, area dentists. Call one of our office locations to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team of professionals to educate yourself on oral healthcare.

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