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Mouthwash Pros and Cons

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There’s always bad to the good, and in this article we will cover the pros and cons for mouthwash. And the overall solution for what you can do with this matter. Dr. Louie will give tips on how to properly use a product that you may see just sitting on your bathroom counter.

Pros of Mouthwash

  • Calms canker sores: Mouthwash can relieve canker sores by detoxing the area; it reduces the amount of bacteria.
  • Gum disease: Gums and tooth sockets can get inflamed or infected by plaque when food particles are still left over from time.
  • Cavity control: Using any fluoride rinse does help prevent cavity to form. It also can prevent Periodontal Disease.
  • Plaque: Many mouthwash reduce oral plaque, oral plaque is a sticky bio-film caused by bacteria. It hardens and becomes tartar. In the dentistry world, it’s something we try our best to remove by having a cleaning 2x a year; because oral plaque can go under the gums.

Cons of Mouthwash

  • Do not ingest: Using mouthwash is harmful for young children; under the age of five they are more likely to swallow mouthwash. If a child swallows a significant amount, it can be a health risk for that child and may need to see your doctor.
  • Alcoholic-based: Not only a threat to children but also to adults. Researchers discovered that ingesting mouthwash can cause oral cancer to individuals who use alcoholic-based mouthwash.
  • Mask bad breath: Using mouthwash can mask your bath breath, and with that you might be neglecting some dental issues that need to be taken care of.
  • Mouthwash, is not a cure: Swishing around mouthwash is not enough! If you use all three, you have a team of super heroes. Super Floss, Brushman and The Mouthwash.

Bottom line, Dr. Louie the best dentist in LA suggest you take precaution using mouthwash. Don’t just use it on its own, but also use the three “super heroes” as well in your daily routine. Now if you’re using it to mask the odor, come see us maybe there’s more to it than meets the eye.