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Did you know there are more bacteria in your mouth right now than there are people on the earth? That’s a lot! And while not all of them are bad or may cause problems like tooth decay and gum disease, plenty have the potential to damage your oral health. Brushing your teeth certainly helps to fight bacteria, but many areas of your mouth get missed. Using a mouthwash can help fill in the gaps.

Mouthwash is much more than just a way to freshen your breath, although many do that. They also clean the mouth by killing potentially harmful bacteria and can whiten teeth. They are a great addition to your oral hygiene routine.

Most tooth decay and gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. Some of these produce acid that eats away the hard enamel layer of your teeth, causing cavities. Others can infect the gums, setting gum disease in motion. Brushing and flossing can remove many of these bacteria, but even the best brusher can miss spots. There are also many areas of your mouth you don’t or can’t brush, where bacteria can thrive. Mouthwash can reach those areas and kill bacteria living there.

Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing, which remain the best way to remove built-up plaque. And you should carefully consider any mouthwash before using it, since some contain inferior ingredients. Our team at Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta can provide suggestions for your entire home care regimen. Please call our Decatur, GA, office today to find out more.