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Dental Facts Friday: What’s In Your Mouthwash

January 16, 2015

What’s In Your Mouthwash? There is More to It Than a Minty Taste

Mouthwash and other rinses can be beneficial to overall oral health and an important part of daily oral hygiene routines but aren’t essential. Mouthwash isn’t a substitution for flossing!

An informative article by The Wall Street Journal explains that while patients gargle mouthwash thinking it will get rid of bad breath, but that is the minty liquid’s least effective function.

There is More to Your Mouthwash Than a Minty Taste

There is More to Your Mouthwash Than a Minty Taste

Dentists warn that individuals who find that they need to use mouthwash excessively for bad breath may have an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

“There are a lot of things that can cause bad breath that aren’t going to be remedied by mouthwash—cosmetic or therapeutic,” said Ada Cooper, a dentist in Manhattan, New York, and an ADA Consumer Advisor spokesperson. “Deep cavities, untreated periodontal or gum disease, infections of the gum and bone, can all cause breath to be incredibly strong.”

Using mouthwash before or after you brush and floss doesn’t make a difference, said Dr. Cooper. Mouthwash isn’t a substitution for flossing, said Dr. Cooper. “I often recommend it to my patients as a helpful adjunct to brushing and flossing. It simply can add additional protection against cavities and gum disease.”

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