We've all heard reminders and seen the commercials about mouthwash. Mouthwash does play an important role in oral health, but not as important as you may think.
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Nobody likes having bad breath. It's embarrassing and you, the culprit, are often the last to find out, once you've already blown everyone away with your unpleasant smells.
In fact Reader's Digest tells us that mouthwash isn't all it claims to be. "A mouthwash with alcohol dries out your mouth—you’ll smell nice and minty for a half hour, but then the bad breath comes back worse than ever."—Gary Herskovits, DDS, family dentist, Brooklyn, New York
The fact is there's much more than just swishing that causes your mouth to smell foul. Brushing and flossing are actually the best two weapons against your bad breath. Consider mouthwash as a supporting agent, not a primary agent. If you aren't brushing and flossing regularly, then you can't expect mouthwash to make up the difference.
If you don't like a dry mouth after using mouthwash, there are non-alcoholic mouthwash alternatives. You just need to read the labels at the store. Your dentist can recommend their preferred brand per your specific dental care needs.
Should you be brushing regularly and flossing consistently, while accompanying a good mouthwash brand, but are still experiencing bad breath, oral care might not be your problem. Your bad breath could be symptomatic of another health issue. More and more health studies are discovering the connection between oral health your overall health. In fact, if you haven't already scheduled your oral cancer screening, we implore you to do so, particularly if you have a history of it or any other types of cancer in your family. Our Sugar Land Dental office offers oral cancer screenings using a technology called Oral ID.
In addition to routine dental appointments with your Sugar Land dentist, remember to brush, floss and use mouthwash as a paramount priority in maintaining your oral health and your overall well being.