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Is Mouthwash a Must?

By October 7, 2022October 19th, 2022No Comments

There are many different types of mouthwash on the market. Some tout germ-killing abilities, others emphasize fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but at Future of Dentistry at Willows – North Andover we ask: will they meet your oral care needs?

Many people wonder if mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing have the greatest impact on dental health, so is mouthwash necessary?

As long as you follow the instructions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health. Rinsing with a mouthwash with fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same effect.

People coping with bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the issue. Actually, mouthwash that contain alcohol can make it worse because by causing dry mouth. Mouthwash without alcohol – often called fluoride rinses – are usually better for freshening breath.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. If you use mouthwash, choose one with fluoride and no alcohol.

At Future of Dentistry at Willows – North Andover we offer general and restorative dentistry. Patients from throughout Greater Boston and Merrimack Valley trust us with their teeth! Contact us today!

Contact Future of Dentistry:

Locations (Tap Below To Open Your Office In Google Maps):

Future of Dentistry – Billerica
668 Boston Rd
Billerica, MA 01821

978-663-4303

Future of Dentistry – Dracut
149 Pleasant St
Dracut, MA 01826

978-957-1811

Future of Dentistry – North Andover/Willows Dental Group
795 Turnpike St
North Andover, MA 01845

978-685-8313

Future of Dentistry – Wakefield
968 Main St
Wakefield, MA 01880

781-245-2299

Future of Dentistry – Chelmsford
3 Courthouse Ln
Chelmsford, MA 01824

978-970-2089

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