Is Mouthwash Necessary?

In our previous blog post we noted the simple steps for a good dental routine. Perhaps you noticed that mouthwash was not on the list, yet you have some in your cabinet and you see it advertised frequently. This may make you question whether mouthwash is necessary? Hopefully, you fully understand the importance of flossing and brushing for keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Whether or not mouthwash should be a necessary part of your dental routine depends on your mouth and how well you implement oral hygiene habits.

Most of those who follow a good dental routine on a consistent basis do not need to use mouthwash. This is true of those who floss daily, are avid brushers, and who keep a healthy diet. However, some people are more prone to cavity development than others due to genetic factors that strongly influence one’s oral health. For those who are more cavity prone, using a mouth wash with “cavity fighting” ingredients can benefit their entire oral health. For those who are more susceptible to cavities, it is highly recommended that they use a mouthwash that contains fluoride to protect the teeth against cavities and decay.

Mouthwash is also highly recommended for those who suffer from gingivitis. Gingivitis is the irritation and mild infection of the gum tissues caused by bacteria-laden plaque that builds up on the teeth each day. An antibacterial mouthwash is one of the greatest forces against gingivitis because it contains both alcohol and chlorhexidine, which help kill bacteria inside the mouth. Of course, this is really where flossing comes in, too. Floss is the only tool designed to remove plaque from the gum line and between the teeth where bacteria love to cause destruction.

Mouthwash is can also be highly beneficial to women who are pregnant. During the nine months of pregnancy, a woman’s hormones go through enormous fluctuations. These hormonal changes have a huge impact on the gum tissues, leaving the mouth highly vulnerable to the gum disease known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been directly linked to miscarriage, preterm labor, and low birth-weight babies. The gum tissues are linked to the blood supply in the body, and any infection inside the mouth can easily pass through the blood system directly to the placenta and growing baby. Mouthwash can protect a pregnant mother and her baby.

At South Texas Dental, we encourage you to ask whether mouthwash is something you need to add to your dental routine. We are always here for your oral health care needs, and we can recommend a mouthwash for you and your specific needs.

Posted on Behalf of South Texas Dental

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