When To Swish

A lot of people include rinsing with a mouthwash as a part of their regular routine for good oral health, others don’t, but those who swear by the benefits of mouthwash are adamant.  So what are some of those benefits?

The first thing that comes to mind is the refreshing after effects that a tasty mouthwash leaves behind.  However, a mouthwash that contains some amount of fluoride can provide extra protection from tooth decay.  The American Dental Association has substantiated the conviction that fluoride does help reduce the risk of cavities for children and adults alike.

Some users feel that swishing a mouthwash after they brush will remove any food particles that their toothbrush may have missed so naturally they brush first and rinse last.  On the other hand, there are those who prefer to use their mouthwash before they brush, the rationale being that the mouthwash will loosen any plaque that has clung to the teeth making it easier to brush away.  So why not rinse before AND after to get rid of as much harmful bacteria as possible?

One point of general consensus is that if you’re going to use a mouthwash choose one that is alcohol free.  Dental professionals have determined that mouthwashes with high alcohol content can dry the mouth and irritate sensitive gum tissue.Mouthwash is good for getting rid of temporary bad breath but if the condition persists ask your dentist what might be causing it.

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