By Dow Dental
April 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

When visiting your dentists Drs. Coleman Dow and Douglas Dow in Springfield, Oregon, you're typically asked about your brushing and mouthwashflossing habits. Whether you rinse with mouthwash, however, isn't usually included in the questions. Below is some information on mouthwash and whether you should add it to your dental hygiene routine.

Why is mouthwash used?

Most people use mouthwash to freshen their breath, either after brushing and flossing or as a "quick fix." But since there are several different types of mouthwash with varying ingredients, its actual purpose depends on what kind you use. For example, antiseptic mouthwash helps to cut down the accumulation of plaque on surfaces of the teeth and on the gums. Fluoride-enhanced mouthwash offers additional cavity protection. People with sensitive teeth can use a rinse that contains a desensitizer. Whitening mouthwash, often recommended after a bleaching treatment, has hydrogen peroxide to help keep stains at bay. You should consult your Springfield dentist at Dow Dental before using any sort of specialized mouthwash to make sure you're using the best product for your unique dental needs.

Who should not use mouthwash?

Consistent use of alcohol-based mouthwash may erode the protective coating on the surface of the teeth. Many professionals believe that those with gum disease, chronic bad breath, or a propensity toward tooth decay are the only people who really need to use mouthwash on a daily basis.

Regardless of the type of mouthwash recommended for you, a rinse should never be used to replace brushing or flossing, as your teeth need the direct contact from the bristles and floss for proper plaque removal. Otherwise, your Springfield dentists, Dr. Coleman Dow and Dr. Douglas Dow, suggest using mouthwash as directed as a way to boost your oral hygiene routine. Contact Dow Dental in Springfield, Oregon, with any further questions you may have!