Maybe it’s all the ads on television or just a feeling in your mouth, but have you ever wondered what the big deal is with mouthwash? It’s not absolutely necessary for a healthy mouth, so why use it? 

Fresh Breath

There are two types of mouthwash, cosmetic and therapeutic. Therapeutic rinses address most oral health problems while cosmetic mouthwash is used primarily to prevent bad breath. Either type of mouthwash, however, will assist with freshening your breath. Using a minty mouthwash to rinse after eating garlic, onions, or drinking coffee can help your mouth feel clean without the hassle of a full brush. 

Kill Bacteria

Therapeutic rinses help kill bacteria. This type of mouthwash is especially helpful after any type of oral surgery to prevent any bacteria from rising, or from killing it if there is an infection. 

Reduce Gum Inflammation

Typically, your gums become inflamed as a sign of something larger going on, like an infection. While you should be flossing, it can be helpful to use a therapeutic mouthwash to help kill the bacteria around your gums. 

Tooth Sensitivity

Using mouthwash regularly can help reduce the sensitivity of your teeth by numbing the tubules, or nerves in the dentin of the tooth. It can also help by coating your teeth with substances to strengthen them. 

Saliva Substitute

Having a dry mouth is unhealthy and can cause bacteria growth and bad breath. With your dentist’s help, you can find a mouthwash that acts as a saliva substitute and reduces the dryness of your mouth. 

Rinsing 

For many people, mouthwash is attractive as a rinsing agent. After brushing and flossing their teeth, they like the idea of one last try to get everything out of their teeth for the ultimate feeling of freshness. While simply using water would also work for rinsing, mouthwash adds an extra pizzazz by using flavoring and also continues to work its magic on your teeth. 

Teeth Whitener

While brushing your teeth and flossing are the most important steps to having a bright smile, mouthwash can also help with teeth whitening. Rinsing with mouthwash, especially a therapeutic brand, can help prevent or reduce plaque on your teeth. In turn, this can help prevent tartar buildup and gingivitis. Removing plaque helps your teeth shine brighter and feel cleaner. 

Although mouthwash isn’t technically necessary for a clean and happy mouth, it does have its perks. Not sure which mouthwash is right for you? The dentists at Family Dental Health Center would love to give you recommendations based on your needs.