Denise Newton, a registered dental hygienist, talks about the importance and use of mouthwash on a daily basis.
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For a lot of people, it should be a necessity. They should rinse daily with mouthwash because everybody have to know that what the mouthwash does especially for people who may not floss as quite as regularly is they should, it kind of gets a little more in between the teeth then the toothbrush itself does but it does not replace flossing. But the mouthwashes they have chemicals and things on them that can kill the bacteria in the mouth, so they are good to rinse with. I want to rinse anymore than twice a day with a mouthwash. Some of your mouthwash especially the ones with alcohol in them, they can tend to dry out the tissue if you use them constantly throughout the day. Crest has a new mouthwash out that we actually used here in office a lot because the dentist and the hygienist themselves are constantly rinsing their mouth out to avoid kind of bad breath when you are talking to your patients. But the Crest Pro-health rinse does not have alcohol in it. If you are using that you can rinse as much as you would like to but just know that there is still a small chance it can dry out your tissue because of the chemicals that are in it that are killing the bacteria. Like you know when you get dry mouth or dry tissue and stuff, you have a higher risk of decay because your saliva kind of acts like a lubricant. It washes all the stuff off the teeth. When you eat stuff or you drink stuff the more saliva you have in your mouth that kind of cleanses the teeth off. It kind of cleanses off the tongue. People who have dry mouth, they tend to get more cavities because when they are eating and drinking, they don’t have any saliva in their mouth to kind like help wash it down. Also, the saliva plays a big role in your digestion, it makes it easier for you to swallow your food good, easier for you to get it chewed up well.