According to the American Dental Association using antibacterial mouth rinse can reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease.
Gum disease is a condition that is easy to underestimate. But in the most serious cases gum disease can cause major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth, and even lead to tooth loss.
The disease develops painlessly at first, the early symptoms are difficult to detect, and even in its later stages a dentist is required to make a gum disease diagnosis. Gum disease feeds on the carelessness of neglecting dental health basics such as using mouth rinse.
Mouth Rinse Helps In the Early Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease begins as bacteria build up on the gums causing them to become inflamed and to bleed during tooth brushing. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets. No irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred at this stage, and mouth rinse can play an important role in fighting harmful bacteria.
If the inflamed gums are not treated with proper cleaning and regular use of mouth rinse the condition can grow worse. When gum inflammation becomes full-blown gum disease the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These small spaces between teeth and gums collect debris and can become infected if not removed with regular use of mouth rinse. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line.
Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque as well as the body’s enzymes involved in fighting infections start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. When this happens, teeth are no longer anchored in place, they become loose, and tooth loss occurs. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
How Mouth Rinse Can Help Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease can be reversed in nearly all cases when proper plaque control is practiced. Proper plaque control consists of professional cleanings at least twice a year and daily brushing, flossing, and use of mouth rinse. Brushing eliminates plaque from the surfaces of the teeth that can be reached; flossing removes food particles and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gum line. Antibacterial mouth rinse can reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease.
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