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>Mouthwash is a great tool for freshening your breath after a meal or before meeting with other people, but is mouthwash a necessary part of your dental hygiene routine? The short answer is “no,” but that’s not a simple “no.”

The truth about your oral hygiene is that nothing can take the place of flossing daily and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. If you are doing both of these, then adding mouthwash to your daily routine is not necessary. However, if you are not an avid flosser and you often skip out on brushing your teeth, mouthwash is a tool that can definitely benefit the health of your mouth.

Mouthwash was developed to be a tool that helps fight against the development of cavities and that lowers the risk of oral disease. Cavities and gum disease are caused by bacteria within the mouth. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria. Each day after you eat, these bacteria congregate on the tiny food particles that are left behind in the teeth. As these bacteria begin breaking down these food particles they produce acids in order to assist them. It is these acids that are the most damaging to the teeth and mouth because they begin to eat their way through the tooth enamel and gum tissues. When these acids eat through the tooth enamel they create cavities, and when they begin to infect the gums gingivitis and then periodontal disease can set it.

Floss is the only tool that is specifically designed to remove the bacteria-laden plaque that forms on the teeth each day, while brushing helps to loosen the plaque from the surface of the teeth so that it can be spat of out the mouth. However, if you do not floss every single day and you occasionally forget to brush your teeth – your mouth is a harboring ground for disaster. While mouthwash was not designed to replace flossing and regular brushing it can help to kill the damaging bacteria within the mouth.

At Crabapple Dental, we can recommend the best type of mouthwash for your oral health needs. Mouthwash is not a necessary component of your oral health routine, but it does have benefits that can help protect the health of your mouth. Contact us today!

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Our Patient Reviews

Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123