Ask Your Crownsville Dentist: Should I Use Mouthwash Regularly?

by | Nov 10, 2022 | Dental Hygiene, Oral Health

At-home dentistry can be difficult when you have so many choices to choose from for mouthwash. The colors, tastes, and prices are all factors that can be downright confusing. Are you wondering if you should even be using mouthwash on a regular basis?

Stick with Crownsville Dental & Wellness Solutions to learn more about the secrets of “swishing.”

Making Sense Out of Mouthwash

There’s no denying the fresh feeling you get when you “swish” mouthwash around. Feeling this way gives you the confidence to know that your breath is clean. Using mouthwash can also reduce the number of bacteria lingering on your teeth, reducing your risk of pesky plaque buildup. The American Dental Association and your Crownsville dentist recommend using some sort of dental rinse to help prevent periodontal or gum disease.

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Dr. Eric Rabovsky has been helping generations of dental patients for decades. He’ll tell you that if you brush your teeth twice daily at home and floss, mouthwash might not always be necessary. Patients will benefit from this additional step if they have issues with certain medical conditions such as:

As you can see, there are many reasons to make mouthwash part of your routine — any time of day. 

How Do I Use Mouthwash?

Your Crownsville dentist can’t stress the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth and using mouthwash. Here’s how to make the most out of your mouthwash routine:

  1. Rinsing your mouth is best after your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned 
  2. Take the desired amount in your mouth
  3. Swish it around
  4. Gargle to get the full effects
  5. Spit it out

You don’t need to rinse your mouth out again. You’re all set!

Don’t forget that mouthwash kills surface bacteria on your teeth and around your mouth. It won’t be able to help you heal from underlying causes of bad breath or other dental problems. Talk to your Crownsville dentist today to schedule an appointment and an examination.