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You probably know someone who incorporates mouthwash into their daily routine. You probably know that using mouthwash can benefit your smile–particularly your breath– but did you know that there are a few other perks you could enjoy by using mouthwash regularly?

Please don’t misunderstand, some mouthwashes don’t provide many benefits other than freshening your breath. Of course, using a mouthwash to fight bad breath is completely understandable, but if you find yourself doing so frequently, please be careful. You see, bad breath can be an indicator of a deeper problem. This means using mouthwash could be useful for covering bad breath but leaves other problems unaddressed. If you’re experiencing this problem, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilson or Dr, Wegmann. Still, even mouthwashes designed to enhance your smile can be useful for preventing tooth decay because it will carry away the plaque and bacteria that can lead to gum disease.

Other mouthwashes are designed to fight off the bacteria to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. These mouthwashes are especially useful if you’ve already been treated for tooth decay or gum disease. Similarly, some mouthwashes contain fluoride with will strengthen and protect your teeth.

Still, not every mouthwash is right for everyone. Many mouthwashes contain alcohol. While this will help fight bacteria, it may lead to dry mouth and is usually bad for children.

Finally, please remember that using mouthwash should not act as a substitute for brushing and flossing. If you would like to learn more about the best type of mouthwash for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Dental Clinic PC at 773-947-4665. We look forward to hearing from you.