At Jefferson Dental Care, we want to ask you a very important question:
Do you need mouthwash?
Now, we aren’t asking because we can smell your breath through the computer screen. We are asking because we want to know if you know the answer. If you are flossing your teeth daily and brushing your teeth at least twice a day, the answer is that you probably do not need to use mouthwash. However, if you are not a daily flosser, and if you occasionally miss brushing your teeth, you probably do need to add mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine.
You see, mouthwash does more than simply freshen your breath. Mouthwash that has the American Dental Association’s seal of approval is guaranteed to have the ingredients necessary for killing harmful bacteria inside your mouth. You may not know this, but there are millions of bacteria living in your mouth every single day. These bacteria congregate around food particles and particles of sugar that are left behind after you eat and drink. As the bacteria congregate together, they form the sticky substance known as plaque along the gum line. When bacteria and plaque are not removed from your teeth and gum line by flossing, they will cause cavities and decay.
Dental floss is the only tool that can be used at home to scrape bacteria-laden plaque from the teeth. If you are not a daily flosser, plaque is continually building up inside your mouth. In order to combat the damage that plaque can cause, using an ADA approved mouthwash will help protect your teeth from decay.
At Jefferson Dental Care, we encourage you to floss your teeth every day and brush your teeth at least twice a day. However, if you choose not to add both of these habits to your dental routine, mouthwash can benefit you. Contact us for a recommendation!
Posted on behalf of Jefferson Dental Care