Are you planning to add a mouthwash to your oral hygiene practice? It is important to first realise that rinsing your mouth with mouthwash is not a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. A mouthwash, however, can help amplify the benefits of your good oral hygiene practice.
Here is all that you need to know to choose the right mouthwash according to your needs and how to make the most of it, whether to freshen your breath or protect your teeth from decay.
Benefits of Using Mouthwash
The mouthwash can reach areas that your toothbrush can not, which can help to reduce the risk of developing cavities and gum disease. When you have problems in brushing and flossing your teeth properly, for one reason or another, a mouthwash can protect your mouth from bacterial build up and help reduce risks for tooth decay or cavity (it does not replace brushing and flossing though!). The mouthwash can also help to freshen breath and reduce foul mouth odour (or halitosis).
A mouth rinse, however, can not cure serious problems such as severe tooth cavity, dental abscess, or gum disease. Persistent bad breath or halitosis is usually a sign of underlying oral health problems, so you must see your dentist immediately.
Different mouthwashes can provide different benefits. Some might only function to freshen breath, and others might have antibacterial qualities. Specific mouthwash, prescribed by your dentist, can help in special conditions like fungal infections.
When To Use Mouthwash?
If you have recently started using a mouthwash, you may be wondering how you should incorporate it in your routine; should you use the mouthwash before or after brushing? The American Dental Association (ADA) explains that you can rinse your mouth with mouthwash before or after you brush and/or floss without significantly affecting its benefits. However, the manufacturers may recommend an order based on their product’s ingredients, so check the label on your mouthwash to ensure that you maximize its effects.
How To Use Mouth Wash Effectively?
Here are some important things to note when choosing or using a mouthwash:
In general, you will not get a one-size-fits-all mouthwash that can help with all dental health issues. Instead, figure out your most important need and the best possible mouthwash that can help with your condition. For example, if you are recovering from wisdom tooth extraction, select an appropriate product to assist with the recovery period. Again, mouthwash is not a replacement for the regular visit to your dentist (at least twice a year), and proper oral hygiene practices like regular brushing and flossing your teeth.
Always check the label of the mouthwash you are going to use. Different types and brands have different ingredients and concentrations; some might require you to dilute them with water before use. If the label doesn’t recommend dilution, doing so might prevent you from getting the complete advantage of the mouthwash, especially if the mouthwash has an antibacterial property. Use the mouthwash for 30 seconds to one minute before you spit it out.
It’s always a good idea to get regular dental health check-ups. Visit your dental hygienist every six months for a thorough teeth cleaning. Give us a call at 800-DRJOY(37569) to book an appointment with our expert team of dental hygienists or click here