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Gums Can Become Healthier If You Regularly Use an Antimicrobial Mouthwash

Posted on 2/8/2021 by office
Gums Can Become Healthier If You Regularly Use an Antimicrobial MouthwashOne of the best ways to make a difference in your gums' health is by using an antimicrobial mouthwash. Use this type of mouthwash instead of a mouth rinse containing alcohol, as alcohol can dry out the gingival tissues and lead to more problems with decay and infections.

What Is an Antimicrobial Mouthwash?

While the over-the-counter mouthwashes in your pharmacy represent the mildest types of antimicrobials, Chlorhexidine is the most frequently prescribed antimicrobial mouth rinse. When used as instructed, the mouthwash can reduce harmful bacteria to an almost undetectable level. However, you do have to keep one thing in mind. This type of mouthwash kills all the bacteria in your mouth – both good and bad. Therefore, you need to follow our directions when using the mouth rinse. Otherwise, you could experience a rebound effect - where the bad bacteria begin to take over. This will not happen, however, if you follow the regimen we prescribe. Besides an antimicrobial mouthwash, we may also prescribe an antibiotic and the application of chemotherapeutic. When this combination therapy is applied, it can reduce gum disease surgery's need by 80%.

Chlorhexidine and Tooth Staining

While a popular antimicrobial mouth rinse, such as Chlorhexidine, improves gum health, it can also stain the tooth enamel. The substance also tends to promote the buildup of tartar as well. To control this type of problem, we often recommend using a tartar-control toothpaste when using the mouth rinse. To support using the mouthwash, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day and floss once daily. See us every six months or more, if required, to ensure that any plaque or tartar is sufficiently removed.

Would you like to know more about using an antimicrobial mouthwash for periodontal care? If so, contact us with your inquiries. If you have not done so already, schedule an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning now.

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