Columbus, Nebraska
2457 33rd Ave
Columbus, NE 68601
(402) 564-4093

Should I Use Mouthwash? November 12, 2018

Columbus, Platte
Should I Use Mouthwash?, Columbus, Nebraska

While all dentists recommend daily brushing and flossing, the question of mouthwash is still up for debate. While many consider mouthwash an effective method of freshening breath and getting rid of oral bacteria, there are a few other factors to consider. If you’re unsure whether mouthwash should be a regular part of your oral health regimen, the following information can help.

Mouthwash: What You Need to Know

Are There Benefits to Using Mouthwash?

dentistWhile it’s not a substitute for proper brushing and flossing (as well as regular visits to your dentist), mouthwash with fluoride offers quite a few benefits. By reducing plaque, it prevents gum disease and can fight cavities by washing away food particles left after eating. A rinse with mouthwash is also good for freshening your breath when you’re unable to brush your teeth. 

Are There Different Types of Mouthwash?

There are two types of mouthwash — therapeutic and cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain antimicrobial ingredients like chlorhexidine, which is found in prescription mouthwashes and helps reduce the swelling and bleeding associated with gum disease. Cosmetic mouthwashes are capable of freshening your breath for a short period of time but don’t help prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Ask your dentist about getting a prescription mouthwash to help boost your dental care regimen. 

Is Mouthwash Safe?

Many popular brands of mouthwash contain alcohol. However, these have been linked to unpleasant side effects. Alcohol mouthwashes can exacerbate dry mouth symptoms, resulting in bad breath and increased bacteria production. If you have a history of mouth sores, mouthwash containing alcohol also causes quite a bit of pain and discomfort. When choosing a mouthwash, look for the American Dental Association’s seal of acceptance, which evaluates the safety and efficacy of products based on scientific data. 

 

If you’re not sure whether you should make mouthwash a regular part of your oral hygiene routine, the team at Stadler Dental Care can help you make the right choice. As a trusted resource in Columbus, NE, these dentists look at each patient’s individual needs to create a solid dental care plan. Services include teeth cleanings, extractions, fillings, and dental implants. All treatments are performed using the latest techniques and equipment, and the entire staff strives to ensure that all procedures remain as stress-free as possible. Call (402) 564-4093 to schedule an appointment or visit them online to learn more about available services.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Stadler Dental Care
Why Do You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction?, Columbus, Nebraska
The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the teeth in the far back of the mouth and are usually the last ones to emerge. Dentists often recommend their patients undergo wisdom tooth ex...read more
A Guide to the Different Types of Teeth, Columbus, Nebraska
When you look at your smile in the mirror, you may notice that your mouth is made of several different kinds of teeth. Dentists know that each has their own role to play in eati...read more
Opening at 10 am February 20,  2019, Columbus, Nebraska
Stadler Dental Care will open at 10 am on Wednesday February 20, 2019.   read more
Do’s & Don’ts of Caring for Your New Dentures, Columbus, Nebraska
Whether they’re full or partial, dentures are a reliable way to restore the function and beauty of your smile after losing several teeth. However, once you get them from the dentist,...read more
Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures, Columbus, Nebraska
Those with missing teeth or whose oral health hinders them from talking or chewing are likely considering dentures. While false teeth can dramatically improve one's quality of l...read more