Mouthwash gives your mouth a clean, fresh feeling and reassures you that your breath is fresh. It also has benefits for your overall oral health. Using mouthwash helps reduce the bacteria in your mouth, which reduces the amount of dental plaque that forms.
Regular use of mouthwash helps prevent periodontal disease and, if the mouthwash contains fluoride, reduces cavities when used correctly.
If you brush your teeth well, twice a day, and floss daily, mouthwash is not strictly necessary. However, most dentists highly recommend adding mouthwash to your morning and evening routine. Additionally, people with certain medical conditions such as dry socket, tooth sensitivity, and xerostomia (aka dry mouth) may very well find mouthwash essential. Indeed, general and specialised mouthwashes can become an ongoing part of such individuals’ treatment routines.
Understanding Why You May Need A Mouthwash
Most people turn to mouthwash to counteract bad breath. The food you consume is often the cause of stinky breath, either because of the pungent nature of the grub itself (e.g., garlic, curry, blue cheese) or improper hygiene.
Smoking tobacco will also make your breath stink. Making careful dietary selections, brushing and flossing thoroughly, and using mouthwash can generally solve the issue.
However, underlying medical conditions may also lead to bad breath, and such situations require a little more care. Some may suffer from chronic dry mouth or may find themselves dealing with similar side effects due to medications. In these instances, specialized mouthwashes often help a great deal. Oral surgeries, chronic sinus inflammation, and acid reflux sometimes lead to bad breath, and in these cases, consult with a clinican prior to attempting to treat the symptoms on your own.
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