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Can Mouthwash Make Gum Disease Worse?

Posted on 4/23/2018 by ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center
Gum Disease ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center TX 75006Gum disease is a progressive disease. It starts off with irritation and inflammation of the gum tissue. Eventually, your inflamed gum tissue pulls away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets, and are difficult to remove without professional treatment.

Your gums recede and your teeth become loose. Eventually, untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Taking proper care of your mouth is essential for healing after treatment, but what about the use of mouthwash.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is easily treated with at home care. However, more advanced stages require professional treatment. A common treatment is scaling and root planing.

This procedure is aimed at cleaning your teeth, including under your gums, in order to allow your gum tissue to heal. In very advanced stages, you may require surgery to thoroughly clean out under the gums.

Caring for Your Mouth at Home
After your gum disease treatment, taking care of your mouth at home is imperative to healing. It also helps to prevent your gums from becoming reinfected. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, which is done to remove plaque and bacteria buildup from the surfaces of your teeth.

Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between your teeth, as well as just below the gum line. Mouthwash, too, can be helpful.

What Does Mouthwash Do?

Mouthwash helps by killing harmful oral bacteria. It reaches all of the areas of your mouth that your toothbrush can't. It also travels between the teeth to help wash away anything missed by the dental floss. By rinsing with mouthwash, you are limiting the number of oral bacteria that can potentially reinfect your gums.

The type of mouthwash you use, however, makes a difference. Your dentist may prescribe you mouthwash. But if you are using one from your local drugstore, avoiding those with alcohol can be beneficial. Alcohol has a drying effect, which can turn your mouth into a bacterial breeding ground.

It can also irritate the sensitive tissues following gum disease treatment. Stick with an antibacterial mouthwash that doesn't contain any alcohol for the best results.

For help dealing with your gum disease, be sure to speak with your dentist right away.
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