Smile Workshop Blog: All About Mouthwash

Smile Workshop is a family dental office committed to keeping patients’ mouths healthy. Do you use mouthwash everyday? Using mouthwash is a great way to prevent bad breath, but it does more than just give you a fresh taste in your mouth. When combined with brushing and flossing, mouthwash protects your mouth from cavities and gum disease.

Consistently using mouthwash is a great way to prevent the build up of plaque and lessens the risk of gingivitis. Most brands of mouthwash can be purchased without a prescription, but in some cases Smile Workshop prescribes patients with prescription mouthwash. A Smile Workshop dentist can tell you the exact type of mouthwash that is best for you or your child’s dental health.

Mouthwashes are categorized into two distinct groups called “cosmetic” and “therapeutic.” Cosmetic mouthwash is not as beneficial to your oral health as therapeutic. Therapeutic mouthwashes attempt to reduce levels of plaque, cavities and gingivitis. Cosmetic mouthwashes mask bad breath, but cannot eliminate the bacteria that causes it. They also do not protect your mouth from plaque, cavities or gingivitis.

After brushing and flossing your teeth, use a mouthwash approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). When you see the ADA Seal of Acceptance on a dental product (like mouthwash) it means that the product meets the strict standards of the ADA. Complete your dental cleaning routine by using mouthwash.

Do you need help figuring out what type of mouthwash you or your child should use? Call Smile Workshop today and schedule an appointment. Our dentists will be able to recommend the best mouthwash for you or your child.

-Smile Workshop