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At Smile Savers, we like to answer all patient questions. One of the topics that we normally get asked about is mouthwash. Because Dr. Deepak Bhagat knows that lots of our patients and their families browse this website as a source of dental information, we’ve compiled answers to some of these often-asked inquiries about mouthwash.

Do I really need to use mouthwash?

Put simply, if you’re brushing two times daily and flossing once daily, you will likely be safe without using mouthwash. That said, mouthwash can be an awesome addition to your oral healthcare routine if you’re less than perfect with your other dental habits.

What does mouthwash do for me?

Mouthwash is used to rinse away plaque on your teeth and leftover food debris between your gums. Swishing the mouthwash in your mouth agitates stockpiled food debris and leaves your chompers cleaner, helping in the battle against gum disease and tooth corrosion. (These are functions that brushing also serves, and it does so more effectively.)

Which mouthwash should I use?

Look for an antibacterial mouthwash with the ADA seal of approval. If you have sensitive gums or periodontal disease, speak with us about getting a prescription mouthwash.

Did you learn anything about mouthwash? As always, we’d be excited to answer any dental queries you have in our office. Feel free to set up your next appointment with our Woodside, New York, office at any time by calling 718-956-8400 now.