Is Mouthwash Necessary?

Northampton Dental blog, general dentistry

You see commercials on TV advertising it, and any walk down the oral health aisle at your local drug store will give you many options of it – but you may be wondering if mouthwash is actually a necessary part of your oral hygiene. You understand the importance of brushing at least twice a day, and whether or not you actually floss, you know that flossing daily is important. However, whether or not mouthwash is necessary or not truly depends on your mouth and your oral hygiene habits.

Mouthwash is a very beneficial component of oral care to many people. Some people are simply more prone to developing cavities than others are. Genetics often play a large role in this, so using a "cavity fighting" mouthwash can prove especially beneficial. It is important that those who are prone to cavities choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride that will help to protect the teeth against the development of cavities.

Mouthwash is also beneficial to those who have gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria-laden plaque that builds up at the gum line (most typically as a result of not flossing). An antibacterial mouthwash that contains the ingredients alcohol and chlorhexidine can help kill bacteria inside your mouth. While this mouthwash will not remove plaque from your teeth, it will help to kill the bacteria so that they do not cause destructive damage. Your dentist will be your best source of choosing the best antibacterial mouthwash, and it will be essential that you keep it out of reach of children in your home.

Women who are pregnant can also benefit greatly from using mouthwash during and shortly after pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman's hormones fluctuate drastically and her mouth will be left extremely vulnerable to the gum disease known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been directly linked to miscarriage, preterm labor, and low birthweight babies. The gums within the mouth are living tissues, and their blood supply is intertwined with the entire body's blood stream. Any type of infection within the mouth can easily travel from the mouth to other areas of the body, including the womb. Mouthwash can help protect a pregnant mother and her growing and developing baby.

While there is no substitute for flossing and brushing, mouthwash can be beneficial to many people. If you are interested in finding the best mouthwash for your mouth, please contact Northampton Dental today.