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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 39 reviews

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!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123