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Should I Be Using Mouthwash?

When it comes to a solid oral hygiene routine, most people know that brushing at least twice a day and flossing once are a must to help keep the teeth and gums healthy, and to lower the risk of developing gum disease. But when it comes to mouthwash, it all boils down to personal preference. Is it necessary? Is it harmful? The dentists at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani, advise patients to think of mouthwash as a supplement to a good oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing (rather than as a substitute for either).

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While using mouthwash is not an essential component of an oral hygiene routine like brushing and flossing, it can help to rinse away food particles and bacteria knocked loose by the brush and floss. If you are looking for an extra little jolt of freshness to top off your brushing and flossing routine, mouthwash can do the trick (although plain old water is just fine too). Like all consumer products, mouthwash comes in several varieties with different ingredients. If you would like to add mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine, ask your dentist for tips and advice on the best options for your situation.

Some oral health professionals recommend looking for mouthwash products that do not contain alcohol or antibacterial agents if you are in good oral health and are just looking for an additional boost to your oral hygiene routine and to freshen your breath.

Who Should Use Mouthwash?

When it comes to oral hygiene, think of mouthwash as extra credit. While it isn't necessary to maintain your oral health and prevent tooth decay and gum disease, it can add a little extra perk to brushing and flossing. Consult with your dentist to find the product and frequency that is appropriate for your situation.

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For more information on the best oral hygiene and gum disease prevention methods, contact Worthington Advanced Dentistry by calling 203-256-8073 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Worthington or Dr. Chandwani today.

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