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Do you use mouthwash very often? Do you ever wonder if you should, or what the benefits could be? In reality, using mouthwash isn’t strictly necessary, although it isn’t a bad idea. In fact, most mouthwashes will provide you a number of benefits, though different types of mouthwash provide different advantages. If you’re interested in learning more, please read on.

To be fair, some mouthwashes are only meant to cover bad breath, but if you are using mouthwash consistently just to improve your breath, please know that you could actually be covering a deeper, underlying problem. If you’re experiencing this problem, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Robert A. McCulla, to examine your teeth. Still, even mouthwashes designed to enhance your smile can be useful for preventing tooth decay because it will carry away the plaque and bacteria that can lead to gum disease.

Other mouthwashes are designed to fight off the bacteria to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. These mouthwashes are especially useful if you’ve already been treated for tooth decay or gum disease. Similarly, some mouthwashes contain fluoride with will strengthen and protect your teeth.

Still, not every mouthwash is right for everyone. Many mouthwashes contain alcohol. While this will help fight bacteria, it may lead to dry mouth and is usually bad for children.

Finally, please remember that using mouthwash should not act as a substitute for brushing and flossing. If you would like to learn more about the best type of mouthwash for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Turlock Dental Care at 209-667-7889. We look forward to hearing from you.