Maintaining oral hygiene is a sure way to boost your confidence when you talk to people. While you are advised to brush your teeth at least twice every day and floss before bed, there is a lot more that you can do to maintain oral hygiene. Using mouthwash is among those things. According to research, regular use helps in destroying germs that could cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Here is a list of the benefits of mouthwash you might not have been aware of:

  1. Freshens your breath
    At the top of the list is mouthwash’s ability to ease bad breath. Mouthwash has ingredients that kill the bacteria that causes the odor associated with bad breath. There is also a large variety of flavors to choose from, so using it not only leaves your mouth clean, but can also give you a fresh, minty feeling.
  2. Reduces cavities
    While flossing and brushing remove most of the bacteria and plaque in the mouth, mouthwash goes the extra mile. Mouthwash is able to reach the back of the mouth and other surfaces that a toothbrush or a floss cannot reach, increasing your overall oral hygiene.
  3. Loosens particles lodged into spaces
    While most people use mouthwash after they have brushed, it can be beneficial to use it before brushing. This is because it loosens any food particles in the mouth, making flossing and brushing more effective and, in the end, improving overall oral hygiene.
  4. Kills germs and bacteria
    Brushing and flossing are effective in the removal of germs and bacteria from the mouth, but they are not capable of killing all bacteria. Mouthwash, on the other hand, is capable of eliminating germs left after brushing. Mouthwash also contains fluoride, which strengthens the enamel of the teeth. Not all mouthwashes contain fluoride, though, so reading the label before purchase can help identify those that contain fluoride.
  5. Prevents dry mouth
    People with medical conditions can largely benefit from mouthwashes that contain Biotene, which will help them prevent dry mouth. They should, however, avoid those that contain alcohol.

Using mouthwash takes no longer than a minute and it has major, positive impact on your general oral hygiene. So, to successfully avoid the onset of dental problems, people must include it in their oral regimen.

If you want to learn more about how using mouthwash can help to keep your teeth healthy, then get in touch with Riverdale Park Dental. We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to understanding and meeting your needs as a patient. Our goal is to work together as a team to bring you the highest quality treatment in a warm, caring setting using modern technology, equipment and procedures.