Types of Mouthwash that Keep Your Gums the Healthiest
Posted on 6/22/2020 by SmileCOS Dentistry
Mouthwashes may seem like they are a modern invention, but people have used mouthwashes for thousands of years. While some mouthwashes are formulated to freshen breath, or keep your mouth moist, other mouthwashes are used to keep gums healthy. If you are looking for ways to keep your gums healthy, we have some suggestions for mouthwash to help you keep your gums working beautifully.
Why Is Mouthwash Important for Gum Health?
Whether you like it or not, your mouth is full of bacteria. Bacteria are always present in your mouth. If you control the bacteria, then they can do their job- helping to break down food- without damaging your gums. However, when there is too much bacteria, and they aren't washed or brushed away, they can cling to your gumline and harden into plaque, which you can't remove. Infection can set in and cause gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease leads to red, inflamed gums that can bleed easily. The early stage of gum disease can be treated. However, if you have later stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, we can work to treat it, but it cannot be cured.
Over time, periodontitis forms spaces between your teeth and gums, where infection can set in. Gum disease can cause tissue loss, gum damage, and eventually tooth loss as well. Gum disease can even weaken your jawbone over time.
What Kinds of Mouthwash are Good for Healthy Gums?
If you are looking for a mouthwash to keep your gums healthy, we can recommend some. First, look for a mouthwash that says it helps to treat gingivitis. It will have products to kill the bacteria in your mouth that cause gum disease. There are also mouthwashes to help your mouth heal if you have bacteria as well as canker sores or mouth ulcers.
If you worry about chemicals in your mouth, there are several types of mouthwashes made with all-natural ingredients. You can even find mouthwashes to fight gum disease and help you fight dry mouth.
Do you have questions about gum disease? Give us a call today and let us help you find a mouthwash that is perfect for you.
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