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From fighting cavities to eliminating tartar and preventing gum disease, there are a lot of things we safeguard against in our modern oral health routines. Yet for all the weapons we have at our disposal to eliminate oral health problems, one is still underused quite a lot.

Mouthwash. But why would you need to use this when you’re already brushing and flossing like a boss? Well, there are a few reasons that mouthwash is your secret oral health weapon.

Gets the germs you couldn’t
Perhaps the most important aspect of mouthwash use is that it gets rid of the germs and bacteria your brushing and flossing couldn’t. Brushing and flossing are critical, and by themselves, they do a great job of getting rid of most of the decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
But adding mouthwash to your routine increases the amount of germs you’re able to kill.

Cleans where you can’t
The other benefit of adding mouthwash to your oral health routine is the fact that it cleans the tight nooks and crannies in your smile. Whether that’s the spot in your back molars where you can never quite get the floss in right, or it just cleans more around your gum line, mouthwash is a great final line of defense against the forces trying to destroy your oral health.

Dr. Steven Rodriguez and the team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Flint in Flint, Michigan recommend mouthwash use. To get specific details on brands or the amount to use per day, call us at 810-720-6433.