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Mouthwash is a liquid solution used to rinse debris and bacteria form the mouth through gargling and/or swishing. When you use mouthwash, you clean your mouth and kill bacteria that can lead to the onset of gingivitis and periodontitis.

Using mouthwash is an important part of any dental health routine. Mouthwash, which usually contains antiseptics for killing bacteria harmful to teeth and gums, is used in conjunction with flossing and teeth brushing to reduce the level of plaque and debris in the mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash as daily can help you prevent the onset of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.

You should know about the different kinds of mouthwashes: therapeutic and cosmetic. While cosmetic mouthwashes only freshen breath, therapeutic mouthwashes are used to kill harmful bacteria, and they can also freshen breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain antiseptic compounds which reduce the level of bacteria in the mouth. When bacteria in the mouth isn’t cleaned out, it can form plaque, then tartar, and eventually gum disease. Many types of therapeutic mouthwashes have side effects aside from cleaning out bacteria, such as teeth whitening and breath freshening. Some mouthwashes can be used to treat inflammation, dry mouth, and fungal growth.

Using mouthwash could be a great addition to your dental health routine if you have a hard time brushing and flossing as often as you need to. Though it’s in no way a total substitute, rinsing with mouthwash has some of the same effects as brushing and flossing, namely removing plaque and debris from your mouth. Of course, we still recommend trying your hardest to brush and floss your teeth every day in addition to using mouthwash!

Dr. Robert Page and the team here at Congress Dental Group are excited to answer any further questions you have about mouthwash. Call us now at (617) 574-8700 to schedule an appointment in our Boston, Massachusetts, office. We’re excited to see you soon!