Although flossing and brushing are very effective in getting between the gums and teeth, mouth rinse can get even further down since it is in the form of a liquid. Flossing daily and brushing twice a day should be a consistent part of your daily dental care, but another great addition is a mouth rinse! Don’t use it as a replacement but as an additional dental care tool.
Using mouth rinse can greatly reduce the risk of getting infections or diseases such as cavities or periodontal disease. Other aspects mouth rinse can help in your dental protection is reducing plaque buildup, speed of tartar (hardened plaque) preventing or controlling tooth decay, preventing or reducing gingivitis (early form of gum disease), and freshening your breath.
There are a variety of mouth rinses, but the main ones include cosmetic and therapeutic washes. Cosmetic mouth rinses don’t reduce your risk of infections but can temporarily reduce bad breath. Therapeutic mouth rinses are available over-the-counter but sometimes different kinds need a prescription. Therapeutic washes contain active ingredients helping to reduce gingivitis, cavities, plaque, and bad breath. Sometimes they contain fluoride that help prevent tooth decay.
Talk to Dr. J. Richard Burch about which mouth rinse is best for your teeth’s health. Here at KC Smile Doc our dental professionals strive to give you the care you need for a better smile. Give our office in Kansas City, Missouri, a call at 816-822-0990 to set up a consultation or appointment today!