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If you’re ready to take your dental hygiene to the next level, then it’s time to start using mouthwash. Mouthwashes, which are sometimes referred to as oral rinses or mouth rinses, are liquid products used for washing the mouth, typically through gargling or swishing. Rinsing with mouthwash will help you keep your mouth clean and your teeth healthy.

Removing plaque from your teeth daily is an essential part of a good hygiene routine. When plaque remains on teeth too long, it can form tartar, which eventually leads to gum disease. Rinsing with a mouthwash solution, in addition to brushing your teeth and flossing, can help you keep your mouth clean and healthy.

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.

Using mouthwash could be a great addition to your dental health routine if you have a hard time brushing and flossing as often as you need to. Though it’s in no way a total substitute, rinsing with mouthwash has some of the same effects as brushing and flossing, namely removing plaque and debris from your mouth. Of course, we still recommend trying your hardest to brush and floss your teeth every day in addition to using mouthwash!

Ready to learn more about how mouthwash can help make you a dental rock star? Call our Bakersfield, California, office at 661.588.2772 now to schedule an appointment. Dr. Yong Eon Park and the entire team here at Bright Dental Care are excited to see you and answer any questions you have about mouthwash.