If you are a looking for a simple step that can improve our oral hygiene routine, our Orland Park dentists are here to help. We know that, sometimes, despite brushing and flossing adequately, our smile can star to feel grimy and stale. If this is a frequent problem for you, mouthwash may be a good addition to your existing oral hygiene routine.
When you brush and floss, you work to remove built up plaque from your teeth and gum tissues. However, plaque is always coming back! Every day and every night your mouth is producing more bacterial plaque.
When you use mouthwash you boost your oral hygiene routine by eliminating additional plaque and bacteria:
The physical act of swishing mouthwash around your mouth dislodges dental debris, and helps you clear away bacteria. In order to maximize the potential of swishing mouthwash, you want to use mouthwash as the final step of your oral hygiene routine. Flossing and brushing both loosen stuck on food and plaque. Then, you give your smile one final rinse in order to rinse all of this dislodged material out of your mouth.
Many mouthwashes are formulated with bacteria fighting and neutralizing ingredients. When you use on of these mouth rinses, you allow mouthwash to counteract plaque in those hard-to-reach spaces that you may have missed by brushing and flossing. Plus, mouthwashes with fluoride help to strengthen your dental enamel, because fluoride helps your teeth to re-mineralize. You can always talk to your dentist about what type of mouthwash formulation, specifically, might be right for you.
Many people think that they are covering all of their bases by brushing and flossing alone—and indeed, they are off to a great start! But, adding mouthwash into your existing routine can be a great way to boost your oral hygiene routine and take your smile to the next level.
If you want to optimize your at-home oral hygiene routine, our Orland Park dentists are here to help you. Give us a call to get started!