When it comes to your oral hygiene routine at home, most patients understand the importance of daily brushing and flossing. However, we often get asked about mouthwash. Is mouthwash necessary for a healthy mouth?
Mouthwash is one of those items that is typically not categorized as a requirement or necessity. However, it is certainly not harmful and can promote a cleaner mouth. In fact, for certain individuals who are prone to gum disease, cavities and bad breath, mouthwash can bring a big return for such a small investment.
Are You at Risk for Oral Health Problems?
Are you one of the those patients who should consider going the extra mile and using mouthwash after you brush and floss? There are many factors that can put you in this group, including the following:
- Personal or family history of gum disease
- Chronic bad breath
- Diet (do you eat a lot of sugars and starches?)
- Your natural water supply (do you live on well water that is not treated with fluoride?)
- Personal habits (do you smoke, bite your nails, suck on hard candies, etc?)
These are factors that can make it a struggle to keep a healthy mouth. Therefore, anything you can do, such as using mouthwash, can help kill oral bacteria and protect your teeth and gums.
Mouthwash and Children
What about kids? Can your children use mouthwash? Mouthwash can be beneficial for pediatric patients, especially if they are prone to cavities, drink a lot of fruit juices or frequently skip tooth brushing. However, do not give your child mouthwash that contains alcohol due to the risk of swallowing it. Look for mouthwashes that are specifically designed for young teeth.
In the end, a dentist can help you answer the question of whether or not mouthwash is right for you. For many, it is a small expense and quick step to foster a healthier and more confident smile! Call Family Smiles Dental today to learn more about how you can achieve optimal oral hygiene at home.
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