Dental Tips Blog

Dec
23

Should You Use Mouthwash?

To rinse or not to rinse…

How can you decide whether or not to include a mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine? Here’s what you need to know:

The Plus Side to Mouthwash

A rinse can leave your mouth feeling fresh long after you’re done brushing. Mouthwashes contain a variety of ingredients to meet different needs:

  • Fluoride to strengthen teeth against cavities
  • Agents to prevent plaque buildup
  • Essential oils to kill bacteria
  • Hydrogen peroxide for whitening

When used to complement a routine of brushing and flossing, a rinse can help your teeth stay bright and clean and strong.

But a mouthwash isn’t a miracle cure.

What to Watch Out For

A few precautions are in order when it comes to choosing a mouthwash.

For starters, you should know that using a strong rinse can fool you. A quick swish can make you feel that your job is done. A freshener after a cup of coffee or a hasty rinse when you’re running late may seem like a suitable replacement for brushing.

And why bother with the floss? That burning rinse should kill all the bacteria between teeth, right?

Not necessarily.

Germs protect themselves with a slimy coating. Mouthwash can’t always bust through that shield to kill bacteria. You still need to floss!

Another caution is if you suffer from dry-mouth. A rinse that contains alcohol will only make your mouth drier. Reach for one that is alcohol-free.

Finally, be careful of kids using rinse. Young children may be tempted to drink it, especially the flavored, fluoride-rich formulas.

Talk with your dentist at your next dental checkup to learn more. He or she will help you determine which kind of rinse is right for you and your family.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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