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Does Mouthwash Really Help?

June 3, 2019 | Blog

We all have that friend who is an avid mouthwash user, and you can’t help but to stop and think, “Why?” If you brush and floss daily (we hope you do), then using mouthwash may seem like an unnecessary, extra step. So does it really help?

Types of Mouthwash

Where most people go wrong with mouthwash is believing the misconception that there is just one type of mouthwash on the market. In fact, the key to mouthwash success is figuring out the type that best fits your oral hygiene needs. Here are a few examples of how you can customize your mouthwash:


The mouthwash we have all come to know and love. Best for fighting/preventing tooth decay and cavities.


As the name says, this mouthwash contains a dental bleach to help whiten teeth.

Bacteria Fighting

The best for giving you fresh-smelling breath, in addition to killing bacteria that can cause bad breath.


Helps to prevent plaque build-up and gum diseases, such as gingivitis.


Benefits of Using Mouthwash

So now that we know there is more to mouthwash than just mouthwash, let’s talk about its benefits.

Decreased Risk of Cavities

We can thank fluoride-packed mouthwash for strengthening our enamel and reducing the risk of cavities.

Treats Ulcers and Canker Sores

Mouthwash can help to reduce the pain and inflammation of canker sores/ulcers.

Fresh Breath

Using a mouthwash that kills the bacteria in your mouth will help provide you with fresh breath all day long.

Decrease Risk of Gum Disease

Plaque is the number one culprit when it comes to gum disease. By using an anti-plaque mouthwash, you are lowering your risk of gum disease.


Contact Gulf Coast Dental to find out which mouthwash is best for you!


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