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If you want to improve your dental health, then it’s important to make sure that you’re using mouthwash. Mouthwash, also known as mouth rinse or oral rinse, is a liquid used for cleaning the mouth, usually through swishing or gargling. Using mouthwash will help you remove plaque from your teeth and fight the development of gum disease.

It’s important to remove plaque and debris from your teeth daily so that they don’t form tartar and lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Rinsing with mouthwash, in combination with teeth brushing and flossing, can help you prevent plaque buildup and subsequent gum diseases.

There are two main kinds of mouthwashes: therapeutic and cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes generally contain antiseptics, which help reduce or prevent the growth of germs and bacteria in the mouth. While cosmetic mouthwashes freshen breath, they don’t protect your teeth; therapeutic mouthwashes can protect teeth and freshen breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes often offer features such as teeth whitening and cavity prevention. Certain, less common mouthwashes can treat fungal growth, inflammation, and dry mouth.

Some people may find mouthwash to be particularly beneficial. For example, if you find brushing and flossing difficult habits to maintain, then rinsing with mouthwash is a great baseline you can set for yourself — though it will not totally compensate for good brushing and flossing habits.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of using mouthwash, then come in for a visit with Dr. Mark Jensen, DDS and our team. Please make an appointment with Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates by calling our Shawnee Mission, Kansas, office at 913-553-3046 now. We can’t wait to see you!