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OTTAWA, ON, April 26, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mouthwash is a regular part of many peoples' daily dental hygiene routine. In some instances this is necessary. For example, you may be prescribed a mouthwash to treat gingivitis or help reduce dry mouth. These mouthwashes are available from your dentist and should be used only as directed. What about store-bought mouthwash, though? Does it work? Should it be used at all?
Most commercial mouthwashes serve two purposes: to reduce bacteria, and to freshen breath. To accomplish this, most store-bought mouthwashes contain alcohol and flavoring, neither of which is particularly good for your mouth. Some studies have found that mouthwashes containing alcohol may lead to an increased risk of oral cancer. While these findings are not conclusive, they should give you pause when selecting a mouthwash. In any event, alcohol can irritate sensitive oral tissue and weaken dental bonding used to hold things such as porcelain veneers in place.
Of course, not all store-bought mouthwashes contain alcohol. Some contain ingredients such as fluoride, essential oils, or other antibacterial agents, some of which have not been proven to offer any oral health benefits at all.
Mouthwash is not really a necessary part of your oral hygiene routine. While products that do not contain alcohol are not harmful, they are also not always beneficial. You can maintain optimal oral health by brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing at least once a day. Be sure to use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.
Every six months you should visit your dentist for professional cleanings and examinations as well. If your dentist finds it necessary for you to use a mouthwash, he will provide you with directions during these visits.
For more information on maintaining optimal oral health in the Ottawa area of Ontario, please visit the website of Dentistry at Main today at www.dentistryatmain.com.
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