Mouthwash is a rinsing agent that can be used in conjunction with brushing and flossing to clean your teeth and gums by removing bacteria and dental plaque.
There are several types of mouthwash available today. Some are used mainly to prevent or treat bad breath as it kills the bad-odor-causing bacteria. It also leaves you with a minty fresh breath that can last for hours. Other types such as fluoride rinses are used to protect and strengthen your teeth. Some contain antiseptics to kill harmful bacteria that can live between your teeth and on your tongue.
On your next visit to our dental office, don’t hesitate to ask us which mouthwash will best suit your needs.
Here are some basic instructions on how to use mouthwash:
- Brushing and flossing: It’s best to use mouthwash after you’ve thoroughly brushed your teeth and flossed.
- Use the suitable amount: Fill the cup with the recommended amount or follow the directions on the label.
- Rinse and spit: Rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds, and swish the liquid in your mouth. Avoid swallowing the solution, spit it out into the sink. Remember that fluoride and antiseptic ingredients in mouthwashes should not be consumed in large amounts.
- Read the ingredients on the label: Many adult mouthwashes contain alcohol, so if you struggle with addiction please be sure you purchase a non-alcohol brand.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your tongue, gums, or teeth please contact our office at 440.354.0705 or click here to schedule an appointment.
Patrick J. Soria, DDS