Some could say that the holy trinity of dental hygiene is brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. However, the first two are more necessary and should be included in every person’s routine. Mouthwash, however, is an excellent addition to get better results for your teeth.
While mouthwash is definitely not a replacement for brushing and flossing, it can help prevent cavities, eliminate germs, and prevent plaque.
But we all know that we should floss first and then brush, right?
(If you didn’t, now you do).
But how and when should we use mouthwash correctly to reap the maximum benefits it has to offer? If you’re thinking about adding this product to your dental hygiene routine or if you already use it, it’s best that you know all about it.
We have gathered all the relevant information and put together a helpful guide to help you make the best decision on choosing your mouthwash and implementing it into your daily life.
Why Should You Use Mouthwash?
Mouthwash has a fame for freshening your breath, but including it in your regular dental care practice can have various other advantages.
According to the American Dental Association, mouthwashes can reach regions where your toothbrush can’t, potentially lowering your risk of cavities and gum disease.
Untreated gum disease can lead to issues including gum recession and tooth loss, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, but mouthwash can assist increase your prevention efforts.
Mouthwash achieves these benefits by assisting in plaque control, a thin bacterial film that forms your teeth. Plaque gradually hardens into tartar if you don’t take measures to eliminate it. According to the American Dental Association, mouthwash can also help to prevent tartar formation.
How to Correctly Use Mouthwash
According to the American Dental Association, whether you should use mouthwash before or after brushing just depends on the mouthwash, you’re using and its ingredients. So that factor will determine what’s the most effective process to use it.
Read each product’s label carefully since most will include step-by-step indications you can follow to get the most out of it. However, the following are some usual steps in general:
- Use just the recommended amount of mouthwash, as directed on the packaging or directed by your dentist.
- Swish the mouthwash with your mouth closed for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or as directed on the label.
- Do not take a swallow. Mouthwashes can contain dangerous ingredients if swallowed in excessive amounts, therefore keep it out of reach of children and monitor them when they use it.
- To avoid rinsing away the fluoride and any beneficial compounds, wait for 20 to 30 minutes after rinsing your mouth before drinking or eating (or smoking).
Also, give your mouth a good rinse for at least a minute. Less than that, and the benefits may be insufficient. Before you observe substantial results, be patient and use the mouthwash for at least a few weeks.
What Type of Mouthwash Should You Use?
Begin by selecting a mouthwash that is appropriate for your lifestyle and requirements. Cosmetic and therapeutic mouthwashes are the two most common forms you’ll find in the market.
After eating an additional slice of garlic bread, cosmetic mouthwashes are a short-term attempt to manage or reduce bad breath. It may produce a transient fresh taste and clean feeling in your mouth, but it offers no additional protection and does not generally eliminate bad breath.
Therapeutic mouthwash, on the other hand, fights bad breath and contains active components like fluoride that kill bacteria, which can help prevent or minimize tooth decay. You can find many of them at your local pharmacy, but some require a dentist’s prescription for specific dental health conditions.
Read the labels carefully on over-the-counter types. Ingredients and the benefits they provide vary by brand.
They frequently contain one or more of the following:
Fluoride: it aids in the prevention of cavities and the reduction of tooth decay.
Antimicrobials: they eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis, a gum inflammation that occurs early in gum disease.
Salt with astringent properties: it’s a type of deodorizer that can mask bad breath for a short period.
Neutralizers for odors: they can attack the source of bad breath.
Peroxide and other bleaching agents: they can aid in the removal of stains from your teeth.
Mouthwash Safety Precautions
Mouthwash usually has a lot of alcohol and fluoride in it. These substances should not be consumed in large quantities, especially by youngsters. As a result, the ADA usually doesn’t recommend having children under the age of six use mouthwash.
Adults should avoid swallowing mouthwash as well. If there are open sores or oral lesions in your mouth, mouthwash can help kill bacteria and speed up the healing process. However, if you have reoccurring dental lesions, you should consult a Mexican dentist before using an oral rinse.
Underlying health conditions can cause sores in the mouth, and treating them with fluoride and antiseptics may be doing more harm than good.
Protect Your Oral Health With Experts
Now you know you should use mouthwash to rinse off plaque, combat gum disease, and prevent or stop bad breath. However, mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing regularly. So make sure you do your best to employ it correctly in order to benefit your mouth.
Mouthwash will not heal the underlying reasons for bad breath or gum disease if you have it regularly. If you’re experiencing chronic or persistent oral health disorders, talk to a Mexican dentist about it.
Our team of specialists at Trust Dental Care is prepared to take care of your smile and share with you all the advice you’ll need when it comes to preserving your oral health.
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