When you think about your oral health routine, you probably think about a few essential items – toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Dr. Arora and Dr. Patel will be the first to tell you about the importance of these, but at Palos Heights Family Dental, we want our patients to use every tool available to care for their teeth, including one product that is often overlooked: mouthwash.
The Benefits of Mouthwash
If used properly, mouthwash has many benefits. Not only does it freshen your breath, but it can also prevent the buildup of plaque, remove any food particles left behind after your meals, and stop cavities from forming by using fluoride to strengthen your enamel. However, with so many different mouthwashes available, it can feel overwhelming to choose the right one.
What Are Your Dental Needs?
First of all, you’ll want to think about what you need in a mouthwash. Our knowledgeable team would be happy to give you advice on this topic during your next visit. After all, different mouthwashes are designed to do different things. For example, if you are prone to frequent cavities, you may want a mouthwash with extra fluoride. If you’re dealing with gum disease, then you’ll want a therapeutic mouthwash that can control tartar and fight gum disease.
We hope that this advice will help you the next time you’re puzzling over which mouthwash is best! And of course, remember that mouthwash is just one part of your dental arsenal. A preventive care routine that includes brushing twice daily for two minutes each, daily flossing, and regular visits to our office for a dental checkup, will help keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy for years to come.
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