To Swish or Not to Swish: The Benefits of Mouthwash

Is mouthwash really effective? Commercials would certainly like you to think so. A recent study compared two groups and their oral health over time. The first group was given a placebo in place of mouthwash, while the other actually used commercial mouthwash. Mouthwash proved effective in preventing oral disease and bad breath, but only by a small margin. Dental health professionals believe that mouth wash can provide benefits, but

only in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing.

The bottom line is that gargling with mouthwash should never replace brushing or flossing, but can provide an added oral health benefit if you use it.

On occasion, your dentist may prescribe a specific mouthwash product that is specially formulated for your oral health. In this case, the mouthwash can provide lasting and necessary benefits for your teeth and gums.

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)