Benefits of Mouthwash

Plenty of people enjoy using mouthwash because it leaves them with a pleasant minty sensation that evokes a fresh feeling in your mouth. However, mouthwash is also an essential daily practice for oral hygiene and the following benefits can be expected if you incorporate mouthwash into your daily routine.


Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride and is ADA approved will help reduce the risk of cavities. Cavities are one of the biggest dental concerns and fluoride is one of the best ways to cut down on cavities and the demineralization of your teeth. As such, you should make regular use of a fluoride mouthwash part of your daily oral hygiene regimen, so you can avoid any surprise cavities at your next dental visit.


As part of basic oral hygiene and dental care, you can find mouthwashes that both whiten teeth and strengthen gums. Specifically, mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide will whiten your teeth and make sure your smile is luminous.

Periodontal disease , more commonly referred to as gum disease, is a painful ailment that irritates your gums and tooth sockets. Gum disease causes inflammation and infection due to plaque built up from bacteria and food inside your mouth. Fortunately, proactive measures can be taken against gum disease by using an antibacterial mouthwash with alcohol.

As a further incentive to use mouthwash, periodontal disease is a risk factor for pregnant women giving birth to premature babies at lower than healthy weights. Worse, gum disease bacteria can infiltrate a pregnant woman's bloodstream and cause inflammation, resulting in contractions that can cause early labor. As such, using mouthwash throughout a pregnancy is an intelligent precaution to combat early labor risks.


Over-the-counter mouthwash can work great on common issues but therapeutic mouthwash fights gingivitis and other diseases that typical mouthwash cannot. Typically, a therapeutic mouthwash will contain ingredients that fight bacteria that cause bad breath as well, meaning that you can actually help eliminate bad breath with therapeutic mouthwash, rather than simply mask the smell with a standard mouthwash.


However, take caution that you do not use a mouthwash with too much alcohol content, since this can cause an intensely painful irritation. For canker sores, stick to lower alcohol content for your rinses by finding mouthwash that has less than 18 percent alcohol. Following this advice will ensure that your mouthwash aids you in obtaining essential canker sore relief.

While mouthwash is a great way to enhance your oral hygiene, visiting your dentist is essential for advanced care for your teeth. Call us today at (440) 225-3111 to find out how our professional and friendly dentists will enhance and maintain your beautiful smile.