Mouthwash Basics

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Brushing and flossing are important, critical ways to strengthen your oral health. If you’re brushing and flossing, we congratulate you! Have you thought about using mouthwash?

If you want to strengthen your oral health, then it’s imperative to make sure that you’re using mouthwash. Mouthwash, also known as mouth rinse or dental rinse, is a liquid utilized for cleaning the mouth, typically through swishing or gargling. Using mouthwash will help you get rid of plaque from your pearly whites and battle the growth of gum disease.

There are two main types of mouthwashes: therapeutic and cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes generally contain antiseptics, which decrease or thwart the advance of germs and acids in the oral cavity. While cosmetic mouthwashes freshen breath, they don’t defend your pearly whites; therapeutic mouthwashes can shield pearly whites and freshen breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes often offer features such as teeth whitening and tooth decay prevention. Certain prescription mouthwashes can treat inflammation and dry mouth.

We’d love to answer any extra questions you have about your oral health care products and treatments. Please get in contact with us at 706-769-1659 now to schedule your next checkup with Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith and the staff at Oconee Dental, PC in Watkinsville, Georgia, to answer your questions. We’ll see you soon!