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How Does Mouthwash Aid in Correcting Gum Disease?

Posted on 4/27/2017 by Doctor Southard
A man using mouthwash to protect his smile.
Gum disease starts silently, as gingivitis. Symptoms are barely noticeable, red, inflamed gums that bleed when you brush or floss.

Oftentimes, these symptoms are mistaken for other issues, such as brushing or flossing to hard. Left untreated, gum disease quickly progresses and bacteria start to attack your teeth, jawbone and the connective tissues.

Receiving treatment from your dentist is essential in stopping and healing gum disease, and there are measures you should take at home to aid in the healing process. Mouthwash can help.

How Does Mouthwash Help?

Most people use mouthwash as a breath freshening agent. While it does do this, mouthwash also provides other benefits. There are specially designed formulas that are made to fight the bacteria responsible for gum disease and reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth. Used during the early stages of gum disease, mouthwash can help to reverse the effects, and prevent more serious issues from ever occurring.

Healing from Gum Disease Treatment

If you have developed a more serious gum disease, the effects cannot be reversed. Professional treatment is required. And after treatment, while you heal, mouthwash can be a useful tool.

Your periodontist may prescribe a specific antimicrobial mouthwash that is designed to kill a wide variety of bacteria, which will help to prevent a new infection from happening. After you have healed, a regular antimicrobial mouthwash should be added to your daily oral hygiene routine.

Use in Conjunction with Other Tools
Mouthwash alone cannot correct or prevent gum disease. It should, instead, be used in conjunction with other measures. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily is important for removing plaque and bacteria from the surfaces and in between your teeth.

Mouthwash then helps to kill lingering bacteria and wash away loosened particles, giving you the best aid in correcting gum disease as well as the best defense against it.

Mouthwash can play an important role in the correction of gum disease. Contact our office to learn more.

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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
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St Joseph, MO 64506

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