Is Mouthwash Necessary?

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It is advertised in magazines, there are commercials for it during your favorite TV shows, and you are bombarded with options every time you walk down the toothpaste aisle at the store – but is mouthwash really necessary? The answer is more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no,” so keep reading.

For those who floss daily, brush their teeth frequently throughout the day, visit the dentist twice a year, and are not predisposed to cavities, mouthwash is not a necessary component to oral health. However, those who do all of the above are few and far between.

Mouthwash is a beneficial addition to your oral health routine if you are not an avid flosser and/or you occasionally skip brushing your teeth.

Mouthwash contains ingredients that kill harmful bacteria that produce the dental plaque that coats your teeth each day. Dental plaque is extremely dangerous to your teeth because plaque is a reaction between oral bacteria and the acids that they produce. When acids are allowed to remain on your tooth enamel, they will eat holes in the teeth: these are known as cavities. Flossing removes plaque by scraping the smooth surfaces of the teeth and detaching plaque. Yet, most people neglect this aspect of oral health. If you are not flossing on a daily basis, mouthwash can help kill the harmful bacteria living inside the oral plaque. Mouthwash will not remove plaque from the teeth, but by choosing a mouthwash with the American Dental Association’s (ADA’s) seal of approval, you can ensure that you are combating the bacteria within your mouth.

Mouthwash is also extremely beneficial to women who are pregnant. Extreme hormonal changes that occur throughout pregnancy leave the gum tissues tender and often vulnerable to gum disease. Because the bloodstream in the human body runs continuously, any infection inside the mouth can easily travel to a woman’s uterus. Gum disease during pregnancy has been directly linked to miscarriage, preterm labor and low birthweight babies. Adding mouthwash to your daily routine during pregnancy can protect both you and your growing baby.

Of course, mouthwash was not created to take the place of flossing and brushing. If you would like a recommendation on a great mouthwash, contact Monaco Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Monaco Dentistry

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