We all know by now that brushing your teeth properly and regularly is the key to preventing dental health issues.
However, there is a third piece to the preventative dental health picture.
In our last post The Perfect Nighttime Dental Hygiene Routine, we mentioned the importance of incorporating a good mouthwash into your nighttime rituals.
One question we often get from our patients is which of the many varieties of mouthwash they should use.
Today, we are going to look at some of the differences between the types of mouthwash that are available to buy and what the possible advantages are of each one.
Why Should You Use Mouthwash?
There are several key reasons why you should use mouthwash on a daily basis.
Not only does rinsing with mouthwash help to keep your breath fresh, it also kills the bacteria in your mouth that produce plaque and cause cavities and gum problems.
While brushing and flossing are great ways to keep the surfaces of your teeth clean and healthy, those two steps alone simply are not enough, as the remainder of the inside of your mouth is often neglected.
Adding a daily rinse with a good mouthwash to your dental hygiene routine is a great way to neutralize the bacteria that remain on your tongue, cheeks, and on the roof of your mouth – places where brushing doesn’t usually get to.
Always look for a mouthwash that is antibacterial.
While there are lots of natural and healthy bacteria in your mouth and your saliva, there are also some bacteria that you don’t want.
An excessive buildup of bacteria in the mouth is the leading cause of dental health issues.
If you are interested in finding our more about why that is, our blog post from back in 2015 is well worth reading.
Basically, bacteria in the mouth react with the sugars in the foods we consume and form mildly acidic conditions as a result of that reaction. This acid is what decays teeth and causes gum problems.
Using an antibacterial mouthwash is an easy and effective way to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and thus decrease your chances of decay.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that plays an important part in the development of healthy teeth.
Mouthwashes that are fortified with fluoride can help to restore and increase levels of fluoride in the teeth and make them more resilient to decay.
If you are looking for further ways to enhance the cavity protection of your teeth then our fluoride treatment procedure is a popular dental procedure that can have long lasting positive effects on your tooth’s ability to protect itself from damage and decay. Patients who are interested in hearing more information about fluoride treatments can contact Pier Dental Centre at 604-986-9161.
Canadian Dental Association Approved Mouthwash
Choosing a mouthwash that has been reviewed and approved by the Canadian Dental Association is a great way to ensure that the mouthwash you select is both safe and effective.
Thorough testing and research backed evidence is the backbone of the CDA seal of approval, and here at Pier Dental Centre we always advise our patients to choose dental products that are backed by the CDA. Look for the CDA seal on dental products at your local drugstore.
To talk to one of our experienced dentists about choosing the right dental hygiene products for you, make an appointment with use here at Pier Dental Centre today by calling 604-986-9161 or contacting us online here.