First comes the toothbrush, then the floss, and last the mouthwash. Using mouthwash is a very important part of the dental hygiene trio, if used well. Just using mouthwash by itself is pretty pointless if you do not do the other two steps, but it can be a powerful tool, if you include the other two steps. Part of dentistry is to cure diseases of the mouth when they occur. However, if you can resist the diseases in the first place, we will not have to operate on your mouth. Therefore, follow these guidelines in order to make your mouthwash procedure an effective arsenal in your dental hygiene.
Mouthwash is usually used in order to remove that nasty bacteria that forms plaque, a film of bacteria that form on your teeth and break down your teeth defenses. Another important function of mouthwash is to reduce the chances of obtaining gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease! It will also reduce the speed that plaque can form on your teeth, reducing your chances of obtaining cavities and having to see a dentist later on. On a side note, mouthwash also helps freshen your breath.
There are two types of mouthwash out for retail sale. One of them is cosmetic mouthwash, which is used to remove bad breath and leave a very pleasant taste in the mouth, but does not get rid of any of the harmful things in the mouth, such as bacteria, plaque, or any other microorganisms. It also does not reduce your chances of obtaining gingivitiis or cavities. Cosmetic mouthwash is solely what it is: cosmetic mouthwash. The other type of mouthwash is therapeutic mouthwash, which is not so sweet-smelling, but kills the bacteria, plaques, and other microorganisms. It also reduces your chances of gingivitis and cavities. However, just using mouthwash without brushing your teeth or flossing it will not do as much good as brushing your teeth and flossing your teeth without the mouthwash. If you have to pick either or, pick the latter.
We care about your dental health, so be sure to come talk to Chantilly's Finest Dentists when you need help with anything. We would love to help you with prescription mouthwashes or just teeth information in general. Just be sure to call us at (571) 253-7025, or fill out an instant quote form for any questions or concerns. We will respond to you quickly. Guaranteed.
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