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Gingivitis Mouthwash: Smile Big as You Reduce Plaque

Updated on May 1, 2013

Gingivitis mouthwash is an effective way to prevent and treat the early stages of gum disease. The oral rinse fights the plaque that causes gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. It is a product for use upon the support of your dentist.

Gingivitis Mouthwash

Nonprescription and prescription types are available for the rinse.
Nonprescription and prescription types are available for the rinse. | Source

Mouthwash for Gingivitis: The Benefits

The mouthwash has many potential benefits. Primarily, it is a preventative product, as part of your daily oral care routine. The rinse helps prevent plaque formation before it becomes gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.

Antibacterial ingredients in the mouthwash target plaque to help remove the sticky substance before it firmly adheres to your teeth and gums. Removal of plaque is crucial given it can seriously damage your teeth and irritate your gums over time if left untreated. The swollen, red gums of many gingivitis sufferers, as well as recessed gum lines, are proof of irritation and unhealthy effects of the disease.

If you develop gingivitis, you can use the mouthwash to fight the gum disease. Regular use of the rinse encourages your gums to heal and removes food particles that accumulate in the ridges of your recessed gums. As an added benefit, many mouthwashes have fresh flavors like mint to fight the foul breath associated with gingivitis.

A Smile Reveals Healthy Teeth

She smiles big with healthy teeth and gums.
She smiles big with healthy teeth and gums. | Source

Your Dentist is the Professional

Visit your dentist before using the rinse.
Visit your dentist before using the rinse. | Source

How to Use the Mouthwash

To work most effectively, gingivitis mouthwash is a product to use within a good daily oral care routine, rather than as a standalone item. Use of the rinse once a day after a thorough brushing and flossing of your teeth is likely the regimen your dentist will advocate for you.

If you want to use the mouthwash, begin with a visit to your dental care professional. Your dentist can determine if the mouthwash is a good fit for you and, if so, show you how to use it properly. Your dentist can recommend either a prescription or nonprescription rinse. Nonprescription bottles are available through your dentist or at many drugstores. Your dentist will tell you if a prescription rinse best meets your needs instead and give you the product.

When you have an effective daily oral care routine, you have an excellent opportunity to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. You can prevent the damaging effects of gingivitis by using the mouthwash as well as brushing and flossing your teeth. Speak with your dentist to learn more about gum disease and preventing gingivitis.


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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good and important advice Christy, we should all use a mouthwash every . Although my dentist told me to use it for a week and then have a week without using it, otherwise it kills the good bacteria as well.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Good advice, Christy! It's so important to have clean breath and teeth and healthy gums.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good advice Christy, it should be part of everyone's regular routine. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sound advice on using a mouthwash a very important part of keeping good teeth and fresh breathe

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I did not know there was such a thing. I'll need to look for it at the drugstore. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh got to have that mouthwash, not only for gingivitis but all those germs at night sneaking down into the heart!!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful information, Christy. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks Christy... this is so very important to look after our teeth.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Mouth wash can much more bacteria than your regular toothpaste can! Thanks for sharing, Christy!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Very helpful, no one escapes gingivitis so we can all use help with it!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      Great advice, my dentist highly recommends using mouthwash at least twice a day. Voted up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Smile while you rinse...ever attempt that Christy? It could be very entertaining :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good advice, Christy. So very important.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks for the great advice here Christy and happily voted and shared, too!! :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I don't use mouth wash in regular basis. Perhaps, I should, lest I might develop some disorder.