If you want to enjoy the best possible oral health, you probably already know that daily brushing and flossing is essential. However, you may not know how valuable mouthwash can really be when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Here are 5 reasons to start using mouthwash now.
More Complete Cleaning When You Brush
Daily brushing can only access the broader and flatter parts of your teeth. While flossing helps out by cleaning the tight spaces between your teeth, there are still plenty of virtually inaccessible areas left. This is where mouthwash can come in. Since it’s liquid, it’s able to flow around and inside areas that you couldn’t reach otherwise.
Your gums are especially vulnerable to inflammation due to bacteria that collects in the mouth. While brushing removes some of that bacteria, it may not take much bacteria to agitate your gums. Gum inflammation starts as mild gingivitis but can quickly turn into more serious periodontal disease. Mouthwash is a great way to destroy the harmful bacteria and leave your gums healthier.
Your teeth can begin decaying when they’re exposed to acid caused by the presence of oral bacteria. If you choose an antibacterial mouthwash, that harmful bacteria is killed before it has a chance to adhere to your teeth. This can help prevent tooth decay.
This is perhaps the best known reason to use mouthwash regularly. If you ever feel a little bit self conscious about your breath or worry about breathing too hard after eating onions, mouthwash can be the answer. You’ll have minty fresh breath and can speak with confidence.
You’ll have to choose a specific type of mouthwash to get this benefit, but it’s well worth it. If you select a mouthwash with special enamel strengthening properties added, you can make your enamel stronger and more resistant to decay — the easy way.
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