One question dentists often encounter from patients is whether they should be incorporating mouthwash into their oral care regimen. For most patients, the decision is ultimately a personal one, but it should be made only after developing an understanding of some specific facts. Here, the professional team at Stadler Dental Care in Columbus, NE, explains more.
A Dentist’s Guide to Mouthwash
What Is the Purpose of Mouthwash?
Mouthwash is often perceived as a complementary oral care practice. On its own, it does not compensate for insufficient brushing or flossing, but fluoride-based rinses may help reduce cavities. In fact, the American Dental Association® (ADA) approves certain types of therapeutic mouthwash with active ingredients used to control plaque and gingivitis.
Cosmetic mouthwash, on the other hand, only delivers temporary benefits. It may contain compounds that are used to freshen breath, but the problem is that the bacteria-fighting agents used to reduce bad breath can also kill good bacteria.
Should I Use It in my Oral Care Routine?
Often, dentists make recommendations on a case-by-case basis. If a patient exhibits strong home care habits, maintains their schedule of cleanings and exams, and is at a low risk for developing periodontal disease, it is unlikely for them to need mouthwash. On the other hand, patients who experience higher risks for gum disease, such as pregnant women, individuals who are genetically predisposed, and patients taking certain types of medication, may find mouthwash helps them proactively maintain gum health.
A patient who chooses to implement mouthwash into their dental care routine should continue with regular flossing and brushing. Even the best formulas with active cavity-fighting ingredients cannot remove plaque and tartar from in between teeth.
When you have questions about what’s best for your oral health, turn to the dentist and staff at Stadler Dental Care. Dr. Stadler and his team are committed to providing high-quality care tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Learn more about their services online, or call (402) 564-4093 to schedule an appointment.