On hectic mornings, using mouthwash right after careful brushing might seem like an unnecessary, time consuming task. However, mouthwash is effective at killing germs and freshening breath, so it’s very important not to skip this step during your oral care routine.
The Benefits of Mouthwash
Fresh breath is the reason most people use a mouth wash. Strong flavors such as spearmint, peppermint, and cinnamon work to mask odors that may linger after brushing. Additionally, antimicrobial agents reduce bacteria in the mouth, further helping to keep bad breath at bay. These ingredients can also prevent gum disease.
If used regularly, some mouthwashes can prevent plaque from building up on your teeth. You can even find tinted formulas, which are used before brushing. The pigments adhere to plaque and show you where to concentrate your cleaning efforts.
Many mouthwashes also contain fluoride to fight cavities. However, not everybody needs this additional dose of protection. Check with your dentist or hygienist to see if a fluoride-enhanced product is right for you.
Avoid Added Alcohol
Check labels carefully to avoid mouthwash products that contain alcohol, which may be too overwhelming for some. If you’ve avoided strong mouth rinses in the past, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much more palatable alcohol-free formulas are.
To keep your smile bright and your breath fresh, daily brushing, mouth wash and regular professional cleanings are essential. It’s easier and more affordable to visit the dentist with the EDP Dental Plan. You’ll save up to 70% on fees, without any waiting period. Browse through our participating dentists, enroll online and make your next dental appointment today.