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Is Mouthwash Necessary? Gainesville, GA
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Your dentist reminds you at each appointment how important it is to brush and floss your teeth daily, but what about mouthwash? Your dentist does not mention it, but a walk down the dental aisle at your local drug store bombards you with a variety of mouthwash options – making you question if mouthwash is necessary? The truth is both yes and no.

For those who brush their teeth at least twice a day and who floss every single day, mouthwash is not a necessary component of your oral health care routine. Nothing beats the work that floss and a tooth brush can do for your mouth. A toothbrush is designed to loosen the bacteria-laden plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, and floss is the only tool designed to clean the tight spaces between the teeth. If this plaque is removed on a daily basis, then adding mouthwash to your routine is not necessary.

However, there are many people who do not floss on a daily basis and who occasionally skip out on brushing their teeth. If this is you, then mouthwash may be a necessary component to keep your mouth healthy. Mouthwash that has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval is guaranteed to help fight against cavities and prevent gum disease. Because plaque builds up on the teeth on a daily basis and is laden with bacteria, it can do a great deal of damage to the teeth very quickly. By rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash you will kill the bacteria inside your mouth. Mouthwash will not remove the plaque from your mouth, but it will make it less damaging to the teeth if the bacteria are dead.

Mouthwash is never to be a replacement for tooth brushing or flossing, but it can be a beneficial component to those who tend to slack in the care of their mouth. If you would like more information about mouthwash and if it can benefit your oral health, contact Gainesville Dental Group today. We will help you determine if mouthwash is a necessary component or if your oral health care routine is on par.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

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