The key components to an excellent oral health care routine include flossing daily, brushing at least twice a day, and keeping regular dental appointments for routine cleanings. Mouthwash is not considered an “essential” component to your oral health, which often surprises people. With so many options available at your local grocery store, you make question whether you should use mouthwash.
Most people who are committed to their oral health do not need to use mouthwash. By flossing and brushing, they can keep their teeth clean and their mouth healthy. However, some fall into the category where mouthwash is extremely beneficial.
- Some people are prone to cavity development. Certain genetic factors can have a negative impact on a person’s oral health, making them more susceptible to cavity development. For people in this category, using a mouthwash with “cavity fighting” ingredients can benefit their entire oral health. It is highly recommended that they use a mouthwash that contains fluoride to protect their teeth.
- People with gingivitis should also use mouthwash. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria that attack the surfaces of the mouth. When plaque builds up along the gum line, bacteria begin to attack the gum tissues. An antibacterial mouthwash is an excellent line of defense against gingivitis because it contains both alcohol and chlorhexidine, which help kill bacteria inside the mouth.
- Women who are pregnant should always speak with their dentist about mouthwash. Throughout pregnancy, women experience a huge fluctuation in hormones, which significantly impacts the gum tissues. Women who are expecting are highly vulnerable to the gum disease known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been directly linked to miscarriage, preterm labor, and low birthweight babies. It is also critical to understand that any infection inside the mother’s body can easily travel through the bloodstream and harm the growing baby. Mouthwash can protect both mother and child.
At Engineered Smiles, we care about all aspects of your oral health. If you fall into any of the categories above, or you simply want to add an extra layer of protection to your smile, contact us today. We can recommend a mouthwash for you and your specific needs.