Oral hygiene is important for several reasons. For one, maintaining oral health might help prevent cavities or keep your teeth bright and white. One thing that many dentists, including Dr. Jade Thomas, are happy to see is a growing number of people are using mouthwash regularly. Still, some people omit this practice from their dental regimen. A survey that targeted baby boomers revealed that 60 percent of people do not rinse out their mouths as they should.

Why is it Important to Rinse?

Dr. Thomas is ecstatic to see so many people turning to mouthwash, but as you can see in the study above, a large number of people simply do not understand the importance of using a dental rinse. Dental professionals know that most people brush their teeth, but the mouthwash is meant to work in conjunction with that. A recent study showed that the combination of these products helps wash away harmful bacteria.
Keep in mind that the oral bacteria that can be reduced by a mouthwash are responsible for the following:
  • Gingivitis
  • Cavities
  • Oral infections
  • Bad breath or halitosis
  • Plaque
  • Tartar



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It should be noted that most mouthwash solutions have a specified formula that fights gingivitis and plaque, which is a precursor to gingivitis. Those who are over 50 really need to pay attention to another aspect of gingivitis that some dentists may not explore much. There are several studies that have linked gingivitis to the following issues:
Of course, these are just a few things that Dr. Thomas wants everyone to consider, and it should clearly show why using a mouthwash (as directed) is important.

Alternatives to Modern Mouthwash

Some people are interested in natural options when it comes to dental care in Port St. Lucie, FL and Dr. Jade Thomas understands this and wants to help.

For one, Banyan Dental St. Lucie West knows about the effectiveness of green tea as a mouthwash. A study showed that the main ingredient in green tea, catechin, is powerful enough to decrease the bacteria that can lead to gingivitis. There are a few more options that you might want to incorporate into your dental regimen (with your dentist’s approval), like the following:
  • Raw, unfiltered, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • A spoon full of raw honey mixed into half a cup of water
  • Half a cup of water with a drop or two of peppermint oil
Coconut oil’s antibacterial and anti-viral properties make it a great dental aid. Raw honey is also antibacterial, which can decrease oral pathogens and allow good bacteria to flourish. Peppermint oil contains menthol. This ingredient should have a soothing effect in your mouth, which should emit a fresh minty scent that should be quite pleasing to those you encounter.

Learn More About Oral Care With Banyan Dental

Dr. Jade Thomas and Banyan Dental are more than happy to answer any questions that you might have. Call us today at (772) 344-3300 and get started on your way to enjoying healthy, beautiful and long lasting teeth!


You are in good hands when you visit Dr. Jade Thomas and his team at Banyan Dental of Port St. Lucie.