How Does Mouthwash Help Maintain Dental Health?

How Does Mouthwash Help Maintain Dental Health?

Posted by DR. PENG Feb 22,2022

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Mouthwash is an effective product to rinse your teeth, gums, and mouth. It contains an antiseptic to kill the harmful bacteria that are present beneath your teeth and tongue.

Mouthwash helps to eliminate bad breath and provides a refreshing feel and taste. It provides a significant boost to one's dental hygiene. It can enter all the areas of the mouth such as gums and soft tissues that toothbrushes and floss can't reach.

How Does Mouthwash Benefit the Teeth?

In addition to freshening the breath, mouthwash offers many other benefits. Mouthwash promotes better oral health and provides the following advantages: 

Mouthwash helps to fight cavities: Fluoride rinse mouthwash protects against tooth decay and prevents cavities. It also makes your enamel stronger.

Mouthwash freshens your breath: It kills bacteria and germs that cause bad breath in the mouth. Mouthwash helps to leave your breath smelling nice for a longer time. It gives a very sweet and fresh breath.

Mouthwash lessens the plaque on your teeth: Plaque grows on the surface of the teeth and also in the middle. Though it cannot put an end to the existing plaque, it restricts the amount of plaque that grows on your teeth and gums. 

It helps to prevent gum disease: Brushing does not remove bacteria that later irritate your gums. This can expand into severe periodontal disease. An antiseptic mouthwash kills harmful bacteria for healthier gums.

Mouthwash clears up canker sores: Mouthwash helps to detox the area of canker sores or mouth ulcers. This helps to reduce the bacteria that causes this nuisance. Mouthwash helps to clear them in a short amount of time.  

How to Use a Mouthwash 

If you are prone to cavities, using a fluoride mouthwash leads to cavity protection. Mouthwash supplements brushing and protects your teeth from acid damage. Follow these steps while using mouthwash: 

  • Use the right quantity of mouthwash as directed by your dentist.
  • Close your mouth and swish it vigorously.
  • Do not swallow it. When a large quantity of fluoride enters the body, it can be toxic. Spit it out after gargling and swirling it in your mouth.
  • Avoid smoking, eating, or drinking for at least 30 minutes for the best result.

We at iSmile Dental Group educate our patients on how to protect their oral health and keep them smiling all their lives. You can reach us at  1151 Bethel Road Suite #301, Columbus OH 43220. For appointments, call us at (614) 459-3229 or visit our website

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