November 20, 2017
Let’s get one thing straight: you need to brush and floss your teeth to keep a healthy mouth. But, there are a few things you can do to keep your breath fresher and smile cavity-free, like swish mouthwash after your home care regimen.
If you’ve been misled because some mouthwashes claim to be “cavity-fighting,” replacing your dental hygiene routine with simple mouthwash, this post is for you! Your dentist in Carrollton is here to explain that mouthwash can be effective, but shouldn’t be used to replace any of your existing dental tools.
Keep Cavities Far Away with Mouthwash
Although you shouldn’t rely on mouthwash the main part of your oral maintenance routine, you should still keep it in your dental tool rotation to help prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Mouthwash Can Remove Leftover Food
Mouthwash can help with clearing away food and debris that may be leftover when you’re finished brushing and flossing your teeth. Although, these two practices are very effective in cleaning the mouth, the back teeth can always use a quick swish of mouthwash for extra protection.
Here’s why you should use mouthwash to remove any leftover food particles with mouthwash:
- Food debris can attract bacteria.
- Food debris can damage your teeth if left in the mouth for too long.
- Acidic debris can wear away the enamel on your teeth.
- Debris provides the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria to multiply.
Mouthwash Works to Prevent Plaque Build-up
When you wake up in the morning, do you feel a sticky film on your teeth? That nasty feeling is caused by plaque that’s accumulated throughout the night. Plaque can damage your teeth and provide a breeding ground for bacteria throughout the day. There are certain types of mouthwash that specifically prevent plaque build-up by including:
- Alcohol (antiseptic mouthwash) that kills bacteria.
- Antibacterial products (antimicrobial mouthwash) that remove bacteria.
- Eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, thymol, and menthol (ingredients that reduce bacteria production).
The Most Effective Way to Prevent Cavities
Your dentist in Carrollton has said it before and they’ll say it again: prevention is much better than restoration when it comes to your smile. The best ways to prevent tooth decay and cavities is by practicing excellent dental care at home and visiting your local practice for preventive dental services.
Not only will you have your smile examined for cavities that need to be treated, but your teeth and gums will be professionally cleaned. Plus, your dentist will be able to create a custom treatment plan for the future and offer any advice on the best products to use.
Feel free to contact us to schedule your next preventive appointment!
About Our Office
When you choose to visit Dr. Durga here at DD Family Dentistry, you know our whole dental team has your best interest in mind with every recommendation we make. Ultimately, our goal is to create and maintain great smiles for the patients that visit us. Feel free to ask any questions about treatments or services that may help you optimize your oral health.
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