You may use a mouthwash to prevent bad breath (halitosis), or as part of an overall strategy to protect your mouth from oral health issues. In fact, mouthwash can be effective against not only halitosis, but also plaque and gum disease, if you use the right kind. However, some mouthwashes only cover bad breath, without addressing its cause or aiding in the prevention of other dental issues. If you are using mouthrinse, make sure you pick the best kind that will fight the disease-causing bacteria in your mouth.
What Causes Your Oral Health Problems
Many of the dental issues you may face are caused by oral bacteria. Plaque, which contains bacteria, sticks to your teeth to make the attack worse. If the plaque is not removed, it can turn into tartar, a hard substance that can only be removed by a dentist. The bacteria in plaque produce acid which can attack your teeth and create a hole in your enamel, the outer layer of your tooth. They can also produce toxins that damage the gums, leading the way for gum disease, and substances that lead to chronic bad breath.
Cosmetic Vs. Therapeutic Mouthrinse
Cosmetic mouthwash is good for temporarily eliminating bad breath. This type does not eliminate the larger cause of halitosis, the bacteria, and is thus only a cosmetic solution. Therapeutic solutions, on the other hand, can not only help kill the bacteria and compounds that cause bad breath, but also fight the bacteria in plaque to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Mouthrinses are not always a necessary part of your dental hygiene, and are never a substitute for brushing and flossing. The doctor can advise you if you need one, and which one to use, as the different rinses can be tailored to fight specific dental problems. For example, mouthwash with fluoride can help replenish the mineral layers of your enamel, and anti-gingivitis solutions can prevent gum disease.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE FAMILY DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.