If you have ever been overwhelmed on the dental aisle at your local drug store, you are not alone. While you may have your favorite toothpaste brand, you may be surprised by how many options there are in mouthwash – especially if you have never been an avid user of mouthwash. Noticing how many options there are may make you question if you should be using mouthwash as a part of your daily dental routine.
First, mouthwash is helpful. Mouthwash has been proven to help fight gum disease. An antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol or chlorhexidine can help prevent gum disease because these ingredients fight infections. Those with mild gum disease (gingivitis) and those who do not floss on a daily basis can find a great deal of benefit by adding mouthwash to their daily oral health hygiene routine.
Mouthwash also fights and prevents cavities. Fluoride is one of the main ingredients in mouthwash; it strengthens tooth enamel and increases the teeth’s ability to prevent the development of cavities. For those who are prone to cavities and/or who do not have dental sealants on their premolars and molars, mouthwash can give extra protection to your teeth.
Mouthwash has been proven to help protect pregnant women. During pregnancy a woman’s hormones will fluctuate drastically in just a few short months. This fluctuation causes the gums to react and become more likely to develop gum disease. Periodontal disease is a risk factor for miscarriage, pre-term labor, and low birth weight. Bacteria that is inside the mouth can easily find its way to the blood stream through infected gum tissues, stimulating contractions. Using mouthwash helps pregnant women fight against the development of gum disease, thus protecting their pregnancy from certain risk factors.
Is mouthwash necessary? . For those who brush their teeth twice a day and floss – no, it’s not necessary. However, for those who are not regular floss users, those who are prone to cavities, and for women who are pregnant, adding mouthwash to your daily dental routine is a necessary step for achieving optimal oral health. Mouthwash should never take the place of brushing and flossing, but adding it into your routine can help promote a healthy mouth.