Dental Tips Blog

Apr
15

Mouthwash: Read the List Before You Rinse!

Commercials make it look like a swish is all you need to keep your smile healthy and attractive! You might even think that a rinse is an acceptable substitute for brushing.

In reality, even that simple little bottle of mouthwash should be used with caution.

You should know what’s in a bottle of mouth rinse before you use it. Otherwise, it could be completely pointless. Here are some of the most common active ingredients in mouthwash:

Essential oils – these include menthol and eucalyptol. Essential oils are very effective against plaque bacteria.

Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) – much like essential oils, this antibacterial agent helps keep down the populations of bacteria that cause gum infection. On the downside, it can leave some odd brown stains on the teeth after a lot of use.

Fluoride – needed for strengthening tooth enamel against cavities, fluoride is often found in higher concentrations in rinses for kids. The sweet taste is usually irresistible, so make sure you are monitoring your kids’ use of mouthwash. Check that they don’t swallow it. Please note, not all mouth rinses contain fluoride – read your labels carefully.

Alcohol – that burn you may feel in some rinses usually comes from the alcohol content. Don’t let it fool you, however. While alcohol does help kill some germs, it’s not effective like essential oils or CPC.  It’s just in the mouthwash to help dissolve the active ingredients. If you suffer from dry mouth, avoid rinses containing alcohol as these will only make your condition worse. Watch out for rinses that contain little more than alcohol, coloring, and a sweetener; these might taste effective, but they won’t do much for you.

Ask your dentist whether you should use a mouthwash.

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Feb
6

Can Mouthwash Cure Gum Disease?

Posted in Gum Disease

If a rinse could eliminate gum disease, then why are 80% of adults in the U.S. still suffering from some form of it?

Simply the fact that dentists, hygienists, and gum specialists aren’t yet out of work shows that a mouthwash doesn’t make it that easy.

What’s Behind Gum Disease?

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of soft tissue disease. It happens when your gums react to plaque on the teeth. They get inflamed, puffy, sensitive, and bleed if they’re bothered.

Go a little deeper, however, and your in for a lot more trouble.

Gum disease usually refers to periodontitis – inflammation of the tissues supporting the roots of teeth. This includes bone and ligaments. Periodontitis sets in when gingivitis isn’t cleared up for good.

Once bacteria colonize inside of the shallow pockets around gums, it is almost impossible to reach them. The longer they thrive in your mouth, the deeper they’ll go as they break down the structures that hold your teeth in place.

Your Best Solution for Gum Disease

To access these germs, you’ll need the help of specialized tools. Your dental hygienist is your first line of defense. He or she has instruments that can disrupt bacteria, removed infected tissue, and cleanse the roots of affected teeth.

What Does Mouthwash Do?

An antimicrobial rinse will help you control bacteria levels in your mouth before they cause problems. It’s a great idea to supplement your brushing and flossing with a mouthwash. But it isn’t enough to reach the deep pockets of bacteria involved in established gum disease.

Visit your dentist to learn more about your risk for gum disease and what you can do to prevent it.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128

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

Sep
28

Choosing the Best Mouth Rinse

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. 

Avoid alcohol.

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

Mar
12

Use Mouthwash Daily For Optimal Oral Health

Posted in Gum Disease

There are many different types of mouth washes and mouth rinses on the market today.  One glance at the dental products aisle in any store can have someone dizzy with confusion.  Does someone need to use a mouthwash each day?  If so, which type of mouthwash should be used?  This article will discuss the advantages of using a daily mouth wash and help you make an informed decision about the type of mouthwash to use.

Mouth washes and mouth rinses should be considered the final step in your oral health routine.  Flossing should be done at least once a day. Brushing should be done at least twice each day.  If you want to use a mouth wash or mouth rinse, do so after brushing.

There are several advantages to using a daily mouth rinse.  If you are prone to cavities, a mouth rinse with fluoride may help prevent cavities (if you do not rinse your mouth with water afterwards).  If you are worried or predisposed to gingivitis or gum disease, a daily mouth rinse may help lower your total bacteria count, reducing periodontal diseases.  Finally, mouth rinses and mouth washes can reduce the total amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth, keeping your mouth healthier.  And, of course, there is the fresh feeling you get after a mouth rinse, which is always an added benefit.

There are a few things that should be remembered about mouth rinses and mouth washes.  They cannot replace good brushing and flossing and should only be used as the final step.  The protective benefits of mouth rinses are negated if you rinse or eat immediately after.  If you are going to use a mouth rinse, brush thoroughly, then use the mouth rinse, and then avoid eating or drinking for approximately 30 minutes after.

There are prescription dental rinses that your dentist may recommend after dental surgeries or if you have had a large number of mouth sores.  Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about the necessity of a dental mouth wash or rinse and how to use it as part of your daily oral health routine.

Posted on the behalf of North Point Periodontics

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