Is Mouthwash A Must?

Salem after hours dentalThis message from Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH is about the various benefits of mouthwash.

There are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath.

That may be why many people wonder if mouthwash should be part of their daily dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two essential habits that have the greatest impact on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash needed?

People who cope with bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the problem. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can make it worse, because they can cause dry mouth—a condition that can exacerbate bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are often more effective for freshening breath. These products are often called fluoride rinses.

If you have persistent bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked out for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to confirm the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your physician soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, pick a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH we want the best possible dental health for all our patients, and that includes fresh, minty breath! People from Londonderry, Salem, and Chester come to our practice for family and cosmetic dentistry, and many other services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Vanguard Dental Group:


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19D Manchester Rd Ste 3
Derry, New Hampshire


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