Leading North East dentist encourages patients not to use mouthwash as a replacement for dental checks

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A leading dentist from the North East has encouraged patients not to use mouthwash as a substitute for going to the dentist.

Dr Richard Coates, from Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry, is worried that too many people think that using toothpaste and mouthwash is sufficient to keep dental issues at bay. Dr Coates suggested that clever advertising campaigns can make people think that they can rely on oral hygiene products to keep them healthy, despite the fact that dentists recommend a check-up every 6-12 months.

Dr Coates explained that the problem lies in the fact that many of these products are aimed at treating symptoms of existing problems, which probably could have been prevented of the patient sought help from their dentist beforehand. Marketing strategies can encourage people to rely too heavily on products and believe that they no longer need to see a dentist. Research suggests that those who attend regular dental appointments are up to 60 percent less likely to develop gum disease and decay than those who avoid the dentist.

The passionate dentist felt the need to speak out after spotting adverts for products that claimed to keep breath fresh for up to 12 hours and reduce the risk of cavities. Rather than focusing on using selected products, Dr Coates is keen to promote a thorough daily oral hygiene regime and regular routine visits to the dentist.

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