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Welcome to the Innovative Blog, a place where our Springfield cosmetic dentists, Dr. Grant Olson and Dr. Megan will discuss the latest in dentistry. Our team will update you on recent dental news, tips, and events going on at our practice. We hope the information we share will be useful in helping you learn more about our dental practice and the services we provide, and that you will ultimately have an even greater understanding of what advanced dental care can achieve.

If you have any questions, or if you would like more information on anything you read about in this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help you in any way we can – our staff is excited and ready to hear from you!


At Innovative Dental, our top priority is your oral health, but we usually only see you once a year. In between your annual visits, it is up to you to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. While many people brush and floss their teeth regularly, there is a bit more controversy on whether or not to use mouthwash. The team here at Innovative Dental wants to put any concerns you may have about whether or not to use mouthwash at rest.

What Does Mouthwash Do?

Mouthwash can play an important part in your daily oral health routine. While brushing helps remove buildup from your teeth and floss helps remove buildup from between the teeth and gums, the main purpose of mouthwash is to remove bacteria and loose food particles. Regularly using mouthwash can help reduce bad breath and give an added level of protection against gum disease and tooth decay.

Do I Need Mouthwash?

The short answer is yes. Mouthwash has many helpful benefits for your overall oral health. If you have issues and concerns with bad breath, mouthwash can help you get that fresher breath you want. If you’ve had recent mouth surgery or a tooth removed, a saltwater mouthwash rinse can help protect those open wounds and prevent infection. You won’t want to use other types of mouthwash for a while because it can be extremely painful, especially if it has alcohol as an ingredient.

Important Ingredients in Mouthwash

Alcohol

Alcohol is a primary ingredient in many types of mouthwash. Alcohol helps to kill the bacteria and germs that cause bad breath and tooth decay. If you have dry mouth, you should choose an alcohol-free mouthwash. Alcohol is a drying agent and can make your dry mouth worse.

Fluoride

Fluoride is present in many types of mouthwash, as it helps eliminate bad breath germs and protect your teeth against acids that cause tooth decay. If you choose to use a mouthwash with fluoride, be sure not to swallow the mouthwash, as too much fluoride can be toxic to humans.

Preservatives

Many types of mouthwash and mouth rinses have different preservatives in them to help prevent bacteria growth in the mouthwash itself. If preservatives are a concern for you, discuss alternative mouthwash options with your Innovative Dental dentist.

Oral Health Advice from Innovative Dental

If you are seeking an experienced and reliable dental team for your oral health care needs, come check out Innovative Dental! Our staff has years of experience in family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. For more information on our services, check out our Innovative Dental website and schedule an appointment today!

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At Innovative Dental, our top priority is your oral health, but we usually only see you once a year. In between your annual visits, it is up to you to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. While many people brush and floss their teeth regularly, there is a bit more controversy on whether or not to use mouthwash. The team here at Innovative Dental wants to put any concerns you may have about […]

The right adhesive for your dentures can make all the difference when it comes to comfort. With so many different adhesives for dentures available on the market, it can be difficult to decide which adhesive is the right one for you. The team at Innovative Dental wants to make sure you have the knowledge and understanding you need to find the right denture adhesive. We have determined three of the most important denture adhesive qualities. […]

At Innovative Dental, we care about your teeth. Our job is to ensure that you have the proper information and skills to ensure that you have the best in oral health. As dentists, our primary focus at Innovative Dental is caring about your teeth. Did you know that adults have four to five different types of teeth? Learn more about each type of tooth and its function below. The Four Types of Teeth Incisors Incisors […]

You’ve probably heard the word fluoride when you’re getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist. You know that it’s good for your teeth and that it helps your overall dental health. But what exactly is it, and why do dentists always use it? Innovative Dental has the answers for you. Read on to learn all about fluoride and what it’s specifically used for. What is Fluoride? Fluoride is a natural mineral found in the Earth’s […]

If you have children, then you are probably extremely familiar with the process of teething. If your children are a bit older, you may be onto the next stage where you child is now losing their baby teeth and gaining the permanent set they will have for the rest of their lives. The family dentistry experts at Innovative Dental know that dealing with teething and baby teeth can be a bit overwhelming when you don’t […]

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