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Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

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Mouthwash Can Do More Than Kill Germs in Your Mouth

Posted on 5/10/2017 by Century Dental LLC
A man using mouthwash to clean his mouth.
Along with brushing and flossing, mouthwash can be an excellent addition to your oral hygiene routine. You always hear mouthwash as being beneficial for its ability to kill germs that live in your mouth. While this is important, mouthwash actually does so much more than simply kill germs.

Remove Food Particles
Swishing mouthwash around in your mouth and between your teeth does more than ensure that you reach all crevices that might have a buildup of germs and bacteria. It also helps to loosen stuck food particles from these spaces, which would have otherwise become a buffet for oral bacteria.

Fights Bad Breath

Sure, mouthwash kills germs, but did you know these germs could lead to bad breath? No one wants to be plagued with foul smelling breath. Just be sure that if you want a mouthwash to fight bad breath, you should opt for an alcohol-free variety, as alcohol can contribute to dry mouth.

Prevent Gum Disease

Another important factor in killing germs and bacteria lingering around in your mouth: your risk for gum disease decreases. Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that can lead to consequences such as receding gums, loose teeth, bone loss in your jaw and even tooth loss.

By effectively killing germs and bacteria, this means there are less bacteria to cause damage in the first place. However, if you already have gum disease that has progressed beyond gingivitis, you will need dental intervention, as a mouthwash (along with brushing and flossing) will not be enough to help your gums and teeth heal.

Remineralize Teeth

Some mouthwashes are formulated with fluoride, which is a mineral that is important to the strength of your enamel. Every day, acids produced by bacteria eat away at the enamel layer, so it needs to be remineralized.

A fluoride mouthwash provides your teeth with these essential minerals directly, helping to ensure strong teeth and enamel that is more resistant to bacterial attack.

Yes, mouthwash kills bacteria. In killing that bacteria, it can prevent serious oral health issues. Mouthwash can be an important part of your daily routine. Contact our office for more information.

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