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Is Your Mouthwash Staining Your Teeth?

Are you a fanatic when it comes to keeping your smile bright? You won’t like hearing that something supposed to clean your mouth could also stain it.

Which Rinses Cause Staining?

There are a few very common ingredients in dental products which can contribute to unwanted staining. These include:

  • Cetylpyridinium chloride
  • Stannous fluoride
  • Essential oils

These ingredients tend to react with pigments from your food and leave marks on teeth. It may be subtle, at first, but over time your teeth could take on a yellowish tinge or develop brown marks.

Some antiseptics, natural, and even whitening rinses may be rather acidic. When your teeth are regularly exposed to acidic mouthwash, the enamel can start to erode a bit and roughen. This makes it more likely to pick up staining pigments from other sources.

The Good News

Surface staining caused by mouthwash isn’t harmful nor permanent. You should see the unpleasant staining disappear after a routine dental cleaning. The tools your dental hygienist uses will remove the stains your toothbrush doesn’t.

In the meantime, try to avoid eating or drinking within a half hour of using a rinse. Better yet, use your rinse at bedtime after brushing and before going to sleep. As long as your oral health can afford the cut-back on using mouthwash, then limiting how often your rinse will help you avoid stain.

If your dentist recommends that you use a staining mouthwash, there’s a good reason to do so. Follow the usage directions and just rest assured that your dentist will help you get rid of the stains later on.

Ask your dentist for more tips on maintaining the whitest and healthiest smile possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

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