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Mouthwash is a liquid solution used to rinse debris and bacteria form the mouth through gargling and/or swishing. When you use mouthwash, you clean your mouth and kill bacteria that can lead to the onset of gingivitis and periodontitis.

Using mouthwash is an important part of any dental health routine. Mouthwash, which usually contains antiseptics for killing bacteria harmful to teeth and gums, is used in conjunction with flossing and teeth brushing to reduce the level of plaque and debris in the mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash as daily can help you prevent the onset of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.

There are two main kinds of mouthwashes: therapeutic and cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes generally contain antiseptics, which help reduce or prevent the growth of germs and bacteria in the mouth. While cosmetic mouthwashes freshen breath, they don’t protect your teeth; therapeutic mouthwashes can protect teeth and freshen breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes often offer features such as teeth whitening and cavity prevention. Certain, less common mouthwashes can treat fungal growth, inflammation, and dry mouth.

Rinsing with mouthwash might be especially useful for you depending on your existing dental hygiene habits. If you have a hard time brushing and flossing your teeth as much as you’d like to, using mouthwash daily can be a great baseline goal — though of course we still recommend doing your best to brush and floss daily in addition to rinsing with mouthwash!

Dr. Steven Pooley and the team here at Pooley Dentistry are excited to answer any further questions you have about mouthwash. Call us now at 815-968-5434 to schedule an appointment in our Loves Park, Illinois, office. We’re excited to see you soon!