Our Elmhurst dentist office wants to make sure that all of our patients are brushing their teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of healthy dental hygiene routines. If, however, you are already brushing and flossing as recommended (good for you!), and you still think your mouth could look and feel a little cleaner, you may want to try adding a mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene practice.
Mouthwash is a quick and easy way to enhance your oral hygiene routine. If you do choose to use mouthwash, you should incorporate it as the last step in your morning and evening cleaning routine. First floss, then brush, and finally use a mouthwash as a finishing touch.
What can a mouthwash do for your mouth?
1. Mouthwash is designed to kill oral bacteria. So after you have brushed and flossed you can rinse with mouthwash to neutralize bacteria that you may have missed brushing and flossing. Make sure to rinse for the full time that is recommended on your mouthwash’s instructions.
2. When you rinse with mouthwash, you will also physically remove pieces of food or plaque that may have been loosened, but not eliminated, by flossing and brushing. This is a great way to make sure that you clear away as much dental debris as possible every time you brush.
3. The breath freshening agents in mouthwash will leave you with a clean feeling and smelling mouth. Start your day with fresh breath, and use mouthwash in the middle of the day if you need a little breath pick-me-up.
Mouthwash should always be used in conjunction with brushing and flossing—never as a replacement for these oral hygiene steps. Give our Elmhurst dentist office a call if you would like more information about maintaining a healthy mouth at home!