Mouthwash: Good, Bad or Indifferent?

Mouthwash Good Bad IndifferentAre you considering adding mouthwash to your daily oral care regimen? If your dentist recommends it, then you know it is the right thing to do. In other cases, you may be considering this addition because you like the zingy tingle of a minty mouth, or the cavity protection offered by a fluoride rinse product. Mouthwash products can be a positive part of your preventive dental routine. Here are some thoughts on when, why (and in some cases why not!) to consider a mouthwash product.

Mouthwash Benefits:

Mouthwashes can contribute to oral health. Some products do more than one thing, so read the label and make sure the mouthwash will address your major concern. Always look for a product with the American Dental Association Seal of Approval.

  • Mouthwash can help clean food particles from your teeth as you swish it throughout your mouth.
  • Mouthwashes can have antimicrobial agents (to help kills the bacteria responsible for tooth decay)
  • Mouthwashes can have added fluoride, to strengthen tooth enamel and repel cavity causing plaque
  • Mouthwashes can freshen breath caused by short term issues such as a recent meal. For persistent bad breath, talk with your dentist.

Mouthwash Cautions:

  • Using a mouthwash does not mean you can slack off on proper brushing and the essentials of flossing!
  • There are products without alcohol and without sugar, for those who prefer them
  • Do not swallow mouthwash
  • Mouthwashes are not for children under 6, unless prescribed by your dentist

Is Mouthwash Necessary?

Mouthwashes and mouth rinses can be part of healthy routine, but they are rarely a requirement for good oral care unless recommended or prescribed by your dentist.

Don’t Keep Mouthwash Questions to Yourself

We have answers to the mouthwash questions that are on your mind. For these and any other dental questions, or to schedule an appointment or initial consultation, call Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.