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Is Mouthwash Really Beneficial? Your Dentist in Cape May Weighs in

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One of the pillars of your oral health is dental hygiene, and the two main practices that are recommended to uphold it are brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal. These two serve as the foundation of your hygienic care, but there are still supplements that can be included to magnify their benefits. One of them is the use of mouthwash. This great tool comes in multiple forms and serves many purposes, all explained by your dentist in Cape May.


WHY IS ORAL HYGIENE IMPORTANT?

Oral hygiene stands on the frontlines to battle the greatest foe of your dental health – bacteria. These troublesome critters are always present in your mouth but grow in numbers when you fail to remove leftover food.

This is where the importance of practicing excellent oral care comes into play. It removes the source of food for bacteria to feed on and any plaque that may be developing, before it can become harmful.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT USES OF MOUTHWASH?

Mouthwash serves as a great asset in your quest for optimal oral health. Here are the different kinds and their functions:

  • Fluoride – This type of mouthwash provides added protection for your tooth enamel, the outer surface of your teeth through a process called remineralization (the name of the chemical reaction that is the result of fluoride coating the enamel).
  • Cosmetic – If you have bouts of bad breath and seek to mask it temporarily, a cosmetic mouthwash will suffice. Keep in mind, though, that it will not prevent tooth decay.
  • Antiseptic – Containing chlorhexidine gluconate – a chemical that stops the growth of bacteria – an antiseptic mouthwash provides a remedy for mouth infection. Your dentist may also prescribe this to address bad breath.
  • Natural (herbal) – This method will not include any chemicals, will be alcohol free and won’t contain any fluoride. It will deliver similar effects as a cosmetic mouthwash.
  • Total care – As the name denotes, this type of mouthwash attempts to combine a little bit of everything, as it contains anti-bacterial ingredients that help to reduce the build-up of plaque, prevent gum disease and freshen your breath.

Whatever type of mouthwash you use, just remember that you should be rinsing with it at least once a day. For situations that call for a prescription type, your dentist will direct as to how frequently to use it.

So now that you have a better understanding of the functions of brushing your teeth, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, the last component to discuss is the semi-annual visit to your dentist for cleanings and checkups. Serving as the second pillar of your oral health, these appointments will provide you with thorough cleanings and tediously conducted examinations to make sure that you’re in no danger of oral maladies. To schedule your initial visit, reach out to your local dentist today!

About the Author

Dr. Scott J. Maslow earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple Dental School and has remained hungry for more knowledge, amassing over 1000 hours of continuing education. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a designation that only seven percent of general dentists nationwide have obtained. Dr. Maslow delivers expert and compassionate care at Diamond Beach Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.

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