Learn More From Our Elmhurst Dentist About Maintaining Oral Health With Mouthwash

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Apr 19, 2022

If you are already brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, but you’re looking to add a little extra boost into your oral hygiene routine, you may benefit from using a mouth rinse. Today our Elmhurst dentists are talking about mouth wash—how it helps your smile, and whether it’s right for you. Let’s get started!

Disrupt Plaque

The first way that rinsing your mouth is beneficial to your oral health is that the physical act of moving a liquid around your mouth and between your teeth dislodges bacteria and dental debris. Remember that plaque is continually developing on our teeth and gums, so clearing away newly accumulated plaque is important to maintaining a fresh and healthy smile. Try to get into the habit of rinsing your mouth throughout the day, especially after you have finished eating or drinking something other than water. 

Encourage Saliva

Along with removing plaque, rinsing your mouth prompts your body to release saliva. Saliva helps to remineralize and strengthen enamel—this is your body’s natural way of promoting healthy teeth. Drink plenty of water and rinse your smile to lower your risk of developing chronic dry mouth.

Active Ingredients

So far we haven’t really talked about the specific mouth rinse formulation that you are using to care for your smile. You’ll find a wide variety of products on the market today, and they all deliver different results. If, for example, you want to whiten your smile, you may want to use a rinse that includes peroxide. Fluoride is a commonly included ingredient in dental products because it strengthens natural dental enamel. Additionally, you may see chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride on your ingredient list, as these help to neutralize bacteria and freshen breath. 

As always, our Elmhurst dentists are here to answer your questions and to help you make the best decisions for your smile. Don’t hesitate to give us a call, or to contact our team through our website. We’re here for you!