While most dentists focus on promoting regular brushing and flossing, several other steps should be incorporated into a healthy oral care routine. Mouthwash is an often overlooked part of daily oral hygiene. Adding this step to your dental care routine promotes healthy teeth and gums, both of which help to create a beautiful smile. Find out how why dentists recommend this product below.

Why Should You Use Mouthwash?

1. Decrease Your Risk of Cavities

Tooth decay starts when bacteria-laden plaque coats the teeth. These bacteria are attracted to the sugars and starches in your mouth from food and drinks. Because of this, they are highly active during and after you eat. Swishing mouthwash allows you to get rid of the particles of food that attract these cavity-causing bacteria. Keep a travel-sized bottle with you for when you're on the go and don't have time to brush or floss. Swish for 30 to 60 seconds after eating. You should also use mouthwash after you brush and floss, morning and night, as the swishing action can dislodge particles that your toothbrush or floss might miss.

2. Freshen Your Breath

dentist Lorain, OH Amherst, OHYou may experience bad breath after eating certain foods, like tuna fish, or because of biological conditions, like halitosis. Some cases of halitosis—chronic bad breath—occur as a side effect of taking certain medications. A quick swish for 30 to 60 seconds is also a temporary fix for those moments when you just need to freshen up—like after lunch—but don't have your oral hygiene kit with you.

3. Teeth Whitening

Certain therapeutic mouthwashes also have the aesthetically pleasing effect of whitening your teeth. These will contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient—the same agent that is used in teeth whitening solutions. You don't need a dentist's prescription for these products. To make sure you are buying safe solutions, look for items that have a seal of approval from the American Dental Association.


For advice on your oral healthcare, turn to Gregory Sy, DDS & Associates. This dentist serves residents of Amherst, OH, and Lorain, OH, by providing attentive dental care and emphasizing preventive measures. Dr. Sy makes a point of getting to know his patients personally, and he and his team will create a tailor-made care plan designed to create a healthy and beautiful set of teeth and gums. They offer everything from dental crowns to root canals. Request your dentist appointment online or by calling (440) 282-9550.