Brush your teeth, floss regularly, and use mouthwash. This is pretty common advice that you’re likely to get from most dentists. You probably know that brushing is crucial to keeping your teeth nice and clean and that flossing helps you to get pieces of food out from between your teeth as well as keep your gums nice and healthy. But is using mouthwash on a regular basis of any particular value?

Fortunately for you, your local dentist has the answer. Of course we’d also be happy to review your brushing and flossing techniques with you to make sure you’re doing it the right way. Need to schedule an appointment? We’d be glad to see you! Feel free to reach out to us online or give us a call at 980-201-8699. And without further ado, back to the topic at hand!

Should You Be Using Mouthwash?

The simple answer is yes. There are a number of reasons to do this and we’ll outline a handful of them below, so keep reading to learn more!

It Makes Your Breath Smell Good

Your tongue, as you might know, can hold on to quite a bit of bacteria. As a matter of fact, according to, “some foods such as onions and garlic can also cause bad breath” and “after they are digested, their breakdown products are carried in the blood to the lungs where they can affect the breath.” There are a number of different brands and flavors of mouthwash out there and we would strongly suggest using it, if for no other reason than to keep bad breath at bay.

The Stuff in Mouthwash is Good for Your Teeth

Most mouthwash (good mouthwash anyway) contains fluoride. Fluoride is one of those words that gets thrown around quite a bit, but we find that quite a few people don’t really know quite what it means. Not to worry though, because we’re here to help! An article from Web MD perhaps sums it up best when they note that fluoride “helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.” That means that all of the peanut butter cups, cookies, and sodas that contain sugar and are attempting to wreak havoc on your teeth don’t stand as much of a chance when they’re up against good old fluoride.

No One Likes Plaque

The whole point of keeping your mouth clean by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash is to fight against plaque. In case you’re not aware, plaque is what causes everything from gum disease to tooth decay. In other words, plaque is the reason for a lot of the bad things that could ever happen in your mouth. That means that getting rid of plaque is pretty much a necessity if you want to have a happy and healthy mouth. Using mouthwash on a regular basis helps to reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth which is certainly not a bad thing.

It’s Quick and Easy

At this point, brushing has probably become a daily routine for most people. It’s part of their rhythm in the morning when they wake up and it’s a ritual before they go to bed at night. Flossing seems to be a bit harder for people to do on a regular basis. If you’re in this camp, a water flosser might be the perfect way to start adding easy flossing to your routine. Using mouthwash on the other hand…well, that’s quick and easy! Most mouthwashes only require you to use them for about thirty seconds, making them quick and painless. And as we already mentioned, your mouth smells good when you’re done! It really doesn’t get much better than that.

We’ve also noted that there are a number of different varieties. Different types work better for different people, so feel free to experiment. Prefer wintergreen? Maybe cinnamon? Alcohol-free? You’re covered on all accounts. Not sure which to choose? Stop in and see us and we’d be happy to provide you with our recommendations based on what your mouth might need the most.

Stop In and See Us Today

So how often should you see a dentist? The answer is that it depends. For some people, three or four times a year might be what’s needed if the situation includes gum disease or if you’re a smoker. If you’ve never had a cavity in your life, once a year might do the trick. If it’s been awhile, stop in and see us for an appointment and we’ll let you know how often we think you should be seeing us.

We make it easy! You can swing by and see us to schedule an appointment, contact us online, or even give us a call at 980-201-8699. We look forward to seeing you!