We’ve all been taught the same thing over and over again when we were kids, and by now we are pretty used to the routine: We brush our teeth twice a day, and floss them at least once a day. But did you know that using mouthwash can be just as important for your general oral health? Not only does mouthwash allow us to attend job interviews without fearing that we may be turned off because of a smelly breath, but mouthwash is extremely important for a number of health reasons.

For one, a medicated mouthwash not only removes bad breath germs, but is effective in removing plaque in a way that brushing and flossing alone can not be. Brushing alone may only remove up to 42 percent of all plaque, and it’s not hard to understand why. A toothbrush simply can not reach all parts of a tooth, whereas mouthwash can. Toothbrushes, unless electrical, also rely on the intensity and length of the brushing.

Fluoride fortified mouthwashes have additional advantages. Not only do they fortify teeth and prevent cavities, but they can help restore and build up damaged enamel. It is recommended to abstain from eating and drinking within a half hour after using fluoride fortified mouthwash, as diluting the fluoride lessens its effect. A good time to use it would be before retiring at night.

Using a plaque-removing and fluoride fortified mouthwash once or twice a day is important for your dental hygiene. For more information, and for all of your dental needs, do not hesitate to contact us.