Mouthwash or mouth rinse is often a part of our oral hygiene routine each day. Other than judging it by its taste or flavor, most of us don’t put a lot of thought into the type of rinse we’re using. There are some important things to know about mouth rinse before you find the one that will help your smile the most.
Mouth rinse does not replace other oral hygiene steps.
Unfortunately, mouth rinses do not mean you can skip brushing or flossing. Rinses are a nice additional step when they are applied to clean, plaque-free teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing should be done first for the mouth rinse to really do its job.
Fluoride isn’t always included.
A fluoridated rinse can help restore weakened enamel that is beginning to develop cavities. Many major brands do not include fluoride in their rinses. Your dentist can offer a fluoridated rinse that’s perfect for sensitive, weak teeth, or for patients with braces.
Some rinses contain alcohol. This can dry out the oral tissues and is problematic for patients that constantly battle dry mouth.
Essential oils boost breath for hours.
Essential oils are a natural antimicrobial and also freshen breath. Some people prefer to purchase blends specifically for oral health, and place one or two drops in a cup of water to use for hours of fresher breath.
From time to time, patients will require a prescription strength mouth rinse to fight severe gum disease and tooth decay. Due to the concentration of medication, these rinses do not have an equivalent product that is available at the supermarket. Ask your dentist which type of rinse you should be using, if any at all!
Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists
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