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Is Your Mouthwash Losing its Effect?

Effect of Mouthwash

Regularly rinsing with a mouthwash is a strong choice for your daily oral hygiene routine. A good, antibacterial wash is able to get into even the hardest-to-reach places in your mouth and kill off much of the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease throughout the day. Unfortunately, bacteria are resilient organisms; they are constantly adapting, and every generation that is subjected to your mouthwash makes the cultures in your mouth slightly more likely to survive next time.

According to a study conducted by Clinical Research Associates, the harmful bacteria in your mouth will gradually build up a resistance to the active ingredients in your mouthwash. Using the same product for an extended period of time means that you will be getting a lesser effect later on.

In order to avoid this, try rotating your mouthwash products; if you just finished a bottle of mouthwash that uses alcohol as its active ingredient, look for a different product that uses a non-alcoholic antibacterial agent. By the time you are finished with this second product, your oral bacteria should be more vulnerable to the first again.

Proper Dental Care by our Bellingham Dentist

For more tips on proper dental care, talk to our Bellingham dentist. If you would like to set up an appointment, please contact our office directly during our office hours.