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Is Mouthwash Necessary?

Your dentist encourages you to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and at every visit s/he asks whether or not you are flossing daily (although one look inside your mouth will answer that question). However, does your dentist ever ask you if you use mouthwash? Most likely, not, which leaves you questioning whether or not mouthwash is necessary.

The truth is, mouthwash is not considered to be a necessary component of your oral health routine – if your mouth is healthy. For people who have healthy teeth and gums, who practice good oral health care habits at home, and who visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups they are doing enough to keep their mouths as healthy as possible. However, many people are simply more prone to developing cavities and gum disease through genetics, dietary choices, medications, and less than stellar oral hygiene – and it is these who can benefit the most from rinsing with mouthwash on a regular basis. 

Mouthwash that carries the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval has been proven effective at fighting cavities and lowering the risk for gum disease. Mouthwash that has antibacterial ingredients can help kill cavity-causing bacteria within the mouth. There are millions of bacteria present inside the mouth on any given day, but regular brushing and flossing help to extract them from your teeth and gums. However, if you are not flossing and brushing enough, rinsing with a mouthwash can help kill bacteria before they overrun your mouth. This is not to suggest that mouthwash is to replace necessary brushing and flossing, but it is to say that mouthwash can be a necessary component for those who are more prone to oral health issues. 

At Green Dental of Alexandria, we are here to help all of our patients achieve optimal oral health. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and if you would like to know more about the benefits of mouthwash and whether you should add it to your oral health routine, please call today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725


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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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