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How Mouthwash Can Boost Your Oral Health

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
How Mouthwash Can Boost Your Oral HealthNot all mouthwashes boost your oral health. It is the type of mouthwash you choose that makes a difference. While mouthwashes containing alcohol do not support good oral health, antibacterial mouthwashes protect both the teeth and gums.

The Differences in Mouth Rinses

You can use mouth rinses to mask bad breath or you can use them to fight off the germs that lead to bad breath, dental decay, and gingivitis. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol should not be used as they dry out the mouth, which increases the risk of dental decay and gum infections. That is because you need a good flow of saliva to moisten the mouth and neutralize mouth acids to prevent bacteria and plaque build-up. By using an antibacterial mouthwash that does not include alcohol you can offset the problems that lead to cavities and gingival infections.

Support Tooth Brushing and Flossing with an Antibacterial Mouthwash

You can support your daily routine of brushing twice a day and flossing each day by using an antibacterial mouthwash that does not include alcohol. It also helps to use a mouth rinse that contains fluoride or essential oils. Make sure the mouthwash has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.

Who Can Use Mouthwash?

Usually, dental patients as young as 6 years old can use mouthwash. However, we ask that you get a recommendation from us first before you buy a mouthwash for yourself or for your children. The right mouthwash can help you with problems with bad breath, gingivitis, plaque, dry mouth, receding gums, or yellow or discolored teeth. Some mouthwashes also include whitening ingredients, such as hydrogen peroxide.

If you have not done so already, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam. See us every six months to stay on top of your dental health needs and maintenance.

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Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman

(336) 444-2772

134 Davis Street
Asheboro, NC 27203-5469

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