Should I Use Mouthwash to Treat Gum Disease?

  • By lemaster
  • 21 Oct, 2016
Brushing and flossing are the main ways you can reduce your risk of gum disease, but you may be wondering if including mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine has any benefits.

While mouthwash is not a magical elixir that will completely protect you from gum disease, it can be a useful tool to help reduce your risk or manage existing inflammation.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is the inflammation of your gums that results from plaque or tartar build-up. When plaque and tartar remain stuck to your teeth, the gums become inflamed and start to pull away from your teeth, exposing more of the tooth's root.

If not treated, the infection will progress further, and you can start to lose bone tissue. Eventually, when these tissues break down enough, you could lose teeth near the affected tissue.

Can Mouthwash Help Manage Gum Disease?

Mouthwash is one tool that can help you remove plaque and food particles from your teeth.

The antimicrobial properties of mouthwash can reduce the bacteria that cause decay and infection. If you currently have gum disease, mouthwash can be a good tool for managing symptoms and preventing it from progressing further.

What Should I Look For In a Mouthwash?

When choosing a mouthwash, one factor to consider is whether the mouthwash has alcohol or not. Alcoholic mouthwash sometimes can cause dry mouth, and our mouths need saliva to wash away remnants of food and neutralize the bacteria in plaque.

Also, make sure the mouthwash you choose is a therapeutic mouthwash that can help reduce plaque build-up. Some mouthwashes are just for temporarily freshening breath, and they will not clean your teeth or help manage gum disease.

If you have questions about the management and treatment of gum disease, please contact our office today.

We can work with you and your dentist to develop a treatment plan based on your current dental health.
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