Mouthwashes can be used for a variety of reasons, including:
- reduce plaque (a thin film of bacteria that forms on teeth)
- prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease)
- reduce the speed that tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth or to produce a combination of these effects.
Keeping plaque off of teeth can help prevent cavities and protect teeth. Your dentist can advise you whether you need a mouthwash and what kind of mouthwash to use depending on your oral health needs.