The Role of Mouthwash in Your Oral Health

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As life goes, some of the foods we love the most cause unpleasant odors to linger on our breath. While breath fresheners such as gum and breath mints can temporarily mask bad breath, they don’t eliminate bacteria, which is the root of foul breath most often. To freshen your breath in the long term and improve the overall quality of your smile, we invite you to rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

Strong foods such as garlic and coffee can often cause bad breath, and when this is the case, you can use a breath mint or piece of sugarless gum to remove the odor from your mouth. However, the presence of chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, usually hints at the presence of more serious dental health problems that need to be addressed.

While gum and breath mints can’t effectively protect your smile from these conditions, you may find that mouthwash is very helpful in this endeavor. The benefits of mouthwash include strengthening the teeth and removing bacteria to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. You can improve the clean state of your smile by rinsing with mouthwash every day, especially if you have been diagnosed with gum disease or tooth decay.

When it comes to selecting a mouthwash for your dental care routine, there are many types to choose from and not all of them are right for your smile. You are welcome to contact River Valley Dental at 208-357-7611 today to speak with our dentist, Dr. Bryce Hanson, about choosing the best mouthwash in Shelley, Idaho.