In the never-ending quest for excellent oral health, mouthwash rinses are a powerful addition to one’s daily routine. When you use it is not crucial, and some people like using an oral rinse before brushing to loosen oral debris (food particles and plaque) off the teeth to make brushing more effective. Others like rinsing after brushing to disinfect the mouth after oral debris has been loosened by brushing. Whichever way you like using it the most, is effective for you.
When you are looking for a mouthwash, be sure to choose a mouthwash carrying the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of approval on the label to ensure that the product has been thoroughly tested. ADA approved products are both safe and effective, doing exactly what the packaging claims. Next, be sure to follow the manufacturer directions to get the full benefits of the product.
Choosing a Mouthwash That Works Best for You
Fluoride: Fluoride mouthwashes work best if you are fighting tooth decay and strengthening tooth enamel (it is the white coating that covers the teeth and is harder than bone). For those who are cavity-prone or have a condition called xerostomia (an abnormal dryness of the mouth) fluoride mouthwash is an excellent choice.
Antibacterial: Antibacterial mouthwashes are good at fighting plaque as they kill the bacteria left behind on your teeth and which convert sugar from your food into acid. This acid wears down the tooth enamel. Bacteria also causes bad breath by releasing sulphurous chemicals that can lead to gum disease. A bacteria-fighting mouthwash protects well against the ravages of gum disease.
Chlorhexidine: Chlorhexidine mouthwash prescribed by your dentist help those whose gums bleed when brushing. It has been found to be best at healing gums which makes it common to use before and after gum surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, and any oral surgeries. Long term use however, will stain your teeth and alter your taste which is why it is by prescription only so your dentist can monitor the effects.
Cosmetic: Cosmetic mouthwashes help to make your breath smell fresher and your teeth feel clean but do not actually help with decay. If you constantly have bad breath, be aware that there may be underlying medical causes and have your dentist rule out cavities, gingivitis or something else.
Whichever mouthwash you use, make sure you use it in conjunction with daily brushing and flossing to preserve those pearly whites, and not as a replacement. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Smiles Dental at 360.200.6995 today!