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5 Reasons You Should Be Using Mouthwash
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Everyone knows the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene, not just to keep yourself looking
decent aesthetically but also to maintain your overall health. The oral cavity is the primary entrance
point for germs and other disease-causing pathogens, so keeping it clean ensures that your overall
health isn't compromised unnecessarily due to the presence of bacterial plaque and tartar that can
eventually result in serious problems. Aside from the obvious general health and appearance
concerns, here are five specific reasons why you should consider adding mouthwash to your oral
hygiene regimen:

1. Reaching Areas Toothbrushes Can't
The main reason to use mouthwash is because it can get to surfaces that your toothbrush can't in
order to dislodge food particles, kill germs, and wash away soft plaque before it calcifies and turns
into tartar. Thus, using a combination of brushing, gargling with mouthwash, and flossing is the best
approach to keeping a fully clean mouth. However, not all mouthwashes are the same, so it's
important to compare features and reviews using non-partisan user-based sites like Indreviews
before making your selection.

2. Better Breath
One of the more desirable benefits of using mouthwash is the fact that it instantly freshens your
breath. While brushing also freshens breath, mouthwash adds a much stronger minty smell that
outlasts the odor that toothpaste gives. Since bad breath is caused by having an unclean mouth,
throat, or upper respiratory tract, it's advisable to gargle thoroughly with the mouthwash. While
gargling, you may also want to change the tone of the gargle to allow the fluid to reach different
parts of the throat.

3. Preventing Tooth Decay
Letting bacteria stay in the mouth for extended periods of time might not cause any immediately
noticeable symptoms other than bad breath, but even if you don't become visibly sick, eventually
that bacteria is going to do insidious damage to your teeth. Using mouthwash kills germs, which are
the root cause of tooth decay.

4. Whiter Teeth
Although toothpastes and whitening strips do a great job of keeping teeth white, they're much less
convenient to use than mouthwash. A quick diluted swish of mouthwash after a cup of coffee can do
a lot to keep stains from forming on your enamel. Plus, mouthwash has a synergistic effect that
improves toothpaste's ability to remove plaque and germs from the teeth.

5. Healthier Gums
Finally, gum health is extremely important and may just be the most important aspect of dental
health overall. When your gums are compromised, bacteria can enter into spaces between the teeth and gum, eventually leading to periodontal disease, painful abscessed teeth, and a range of other consequences.

How Often Should You Use Mouth Wash?
Although it's best to follow the specific recommendations listed on the bottle of mouthwash you're
using, in general, most products recommend rinsing twice every 24 hours. If exceptionally bad
breath persists then you may want to start drinking more water, make positive dietary changes,
and/or discuss the possibility of halitosis with your physician.


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