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Never Use Mouthwash to Replace Brushing and Flossing

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When it comes to oral hygiene at home, there are many products and tools to choose from. Beyond toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss varieties, you’ll also find several types of mouthwash in the oral care aisle of your local grocery or pharmacy. While all of these products promote a healthier smile and better oral health, it is important to understand which ones are meant to be used as a compliment to your oral hygiene routine and which ones are non-negotiable.

Don’t Neglect the Mandatory

Optimal oral health relies on three components: regular dental visits, brushing and flossing. Your preventive dental visits should occur every six months for the average patient. When it comes to brushing, you’ll need to put in two minutes, twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Flossing should be done on daily basis.

Now, you do have options within your oral care hygiene. Beyond the above mentioned steps, you can pick your toothbrush (manual or powered) or choose your toothpaste flavor. When it comes to flossing, whatever helps you get the job done is the perfect fit for you. Some patients do better with a water flosser, while others use traditional waxed dental thread.

What About Mouthwash?

Why isn’t mouthwash mentioned as a “must-have” dental care product? Mouthwash should be regarded as “extra help” or a bonus to your hygiene routine. It cannot and should not be used as a replacement or substitute for routine brushing and flossing. It is very beneficial for patients who are susceptible to decay or who battle gingivitis, but even the most expensive mouthwash varieties cannot perform the job of your toothbrush.

Mouthwash is a rinse that contains ingredients that kill bacteria inside your mouth. Since bacteria can build up to cause bad breath, trigger the process of decay and contribute to gum disease, getting rid of harmful oral bacteria is certainly a good thing. However, mouthwash cannot remove plaque from your teeth and gums like it does bacteria. Patients need to use floss and a toothbrush to manually remove bacteria-laden plaque. When plaque is not removed from the teeth, it hardens into tartar. Left alone, tartar can damage your tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Want to Boost Your Dental Hygiene? Let’s Talk!

Need help on your oral care regime at home? Talk to Dr. Mitzi Morris. We realize the importance of not only providing thorough dental cleanings at our office, but also equipping patients with the knowledge of how to care for their smile when they leave. Schedule your visit today.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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