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How Important Is Mouthwash? Marietta, GA

How Important Is Mouthwash?

Does your oral hygiene routine end after brushing and flossing? While you are certainly checking off the two most important steps recommended by the American Dental Association, you may be missing out on another beneficial addition. Mouthwash, or mouth rinse, is a great way to boost your brushing and flossing efforts and add preventative profits to your dental health. However, many patients have questions about mouthwash, including how to use it and which type to buy.

Mouthwash, depending on the type, can accomplish multiple tasks, including preventing tooth decay, freshening your breath, reducing plaque and even preventing gingivitis (early gum disease). Your dentist can help you decide which type of mouthwash best suits your specific oral health needs.

All mouthwashes can work to flush out the particles and debris that your brushing or flossing has loosened up. Most of them also leave your breath extra minty. However, therapeutic mouthwashes take things a bit further than your simple cosmetic mouthwashes. Therapeutic mouthwash can be categorized into four different types:

  • Anti-plaque/anti-gingivitis
  • Anti-cavity (contains fluoride to strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay)
  • Anti-tartar (contains agents such as zinc citrate to break down and reduce tartar build up)
  • Antibacterial/antimicrobial/antibiotic: reduce bacterial count which helps prevent inflammation and gum disease)

Now that you understand the powerful benefits of adding mouthwash to your daily regime, it is important to use it correctly. Mouthwash should not be swallowed. You should swish it (vigorously) around in your mouth for about 30 to 60 seconds. If your mouthwash contains fluoride, be sure to save this as your last step – you should not eat or drink (even water) immediately after fluoride coats your teeth so that it can give your smile the most protective benefits.

If you are a faithful mouthwash user, be sure to ask you dentist if you are using the proper type for your teeth. If you’ve never used mouthwash, give it a try. With less than a minute of swishing and you’ll gain a brighter, healthier smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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