Mouthwash is an important part of good oral hygiene but we want to inform you of what adding mouthwash to your daily routine will do for you. The doctors at Artistic Touch Dentistry definitely recommend using mouthwash, however, it should not be used in place of a regular oral hygiene routine of twice-daily toothbrush and daily flossing. The main purpose of most mouthwashes is to freshen breath.
Most types of mouthwash, such as fluoride rinses, can help protect teeth against acids produced by plaque bacteria if you use them after you have thoroughly brushed and flossed your teeth. E-How.com shares that, “even in ancient times, people used recipes for teeth cleaning and breath freshening that date to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Greek, and Roman cultures. Although there is no evidence that these products were effective, we know that the ingredients included materials such as charcoal, fruit, and dried flowers.”
However, Oral-B reported that “the mouthwash we are used to seeing today was developed in the Late 1800s, around the time when toothpaste was first developed. Most of the early brands of mouthwash contained alcohol to stabilize the formula, but today alterative products provide germ-killing properties without needing alcohol stabilization, such as cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC).”
So if you are looking for something to add to your oral hygiene routine in order to freshen your breath, then consider mouthwash! If you have any questions about oral hygiene or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Brazdo, then give our office a call today!