Learn More About The Basics Of Mouthwash With Our Novato Family Dentists

Written by Dr. McConnell on Apr 19, 2022

If you are looking for ways to super-charge your oral hygiene routine, you may want to consider using a mouth rinse as part of your daily schedule. This simple but powerful dental tool can freshen your smile and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Keep reading to learn more from our Novato dentists

Disrupt Plaque 

The simple action of vigorously swishing a liquid in your mouth helps to dislodge plaque and dental debris between your teeth and along your gum line. That is why we encourage patients to get into the habit of rinsing their smiles whenever they finish eating or drinking. Simply rinsing your mouth with water can make a big difference to how your smile looks and feels over time.

Encourage Saliva

Another advantage of rinsing your mouth is that it jump-starts saliva production in your mouth. Saliva works to naturally remineralize dental enamel, strengthening teeth and making it more difficult for bacteria to infiltrate the natural tooth structure. Drinking enough water and rinsing your mouth will encourage saliva and minimize your risk of developing chronic dry mouth.


For the most part mouthrinses fall into two categories: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic rinses deliver short-term benefits like fresher breath. Therapeutic formulations help to improve the health of your smile over time by strengthening teeth, killing oral bacteria, and diminishing stains. Rinses with fluoride, peroxide, chlorhexidine, and cetylpyridinium chloride, for example, are often therapeutic. 

As always, our Novato dentists are happy to answer any questions you may have. You can easily reach our team by calling our office, or by using the Contact Us page on our website to submit a question. Sometimes the smallest, simplest changes can make the biggest differences to oral health!